Free agent C Yasmani Grandal may have inked a new deal for the 2019 season, but he can't be happy with what he left on the table in doing so.
That's a nice lump sum for Grandal next season, but the Mets reportedly offered him a much bigger amount in their multi-year deal. Rosenthal points out that Grandal declined a four-year deal with New York that could have been worth up to $60 million. That is $15 million per season through the 2022 season.
Rosenthal noted on Thursday on the MLB Network that it was Grandal -- not his agents -- who turned down the deal from the Mets since he was unhappy with the average annual value.
Instead of signing Grandal -- who also would've meant the Mets surrendering their second-highest pick in the 2019 MLB Draft -- the Mets signed C Wilson Ramos, who agreed to a two-year, $19 million deal with a $2 million signing bonus. It was a better deal for GM Brodie Van Wagenen to make, especially considering Ramos had more success than Grandal at the plate last season with a .306 average, 15 homers and 70 RBI. Grandal hit .241 with 24 homers and 68 RBI.
Grandal could see a multi-year deal next free agency period, but if he doesn't, he would have missed out on a big pay day.