Dec 1 | 8:10AM
The Mets would rather trade OF Jay Bruce, as opposed to Curtis Granderson, who may be needed at times in center field, multiple sources recently told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.
Nov 30 | 9:30PM
The Blue Jays have interest in acquiring Curtis Granderson, reports national writer Jon Heyman.
Similarly, while the Orioles like Jay Bruce, they prefer Granderson and have more than one low-cost reliever to deal this winter, according to MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone.
Nov 30 | 11:40AM
Backstory and Previous Reports...
The Blue Jays are among teams interested in Bruce, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Former GM and current SiriusXM host Jim Bowden reported the same thing in early November. When discussing potential trades this offseason, Toronto has been pushing speedy center fielder Dalton Pompey, prospects and other position players making the league minimum, according to Cerrone.
Jay Bruce hits at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins said in early November that he would like to add a left-handed hitter to his right-handed heavy lineup. Toronto nearly acquired Bruce last offseason, according to multiple reports. However, an issue with the medical reports of a player in the deal stopped it from being completed.
In addition to the Blue Jays and Orioles, Cerrone believes there are several teams looking for a corner outfielder, specifically the Dodgers, Giants, Astros, Nationals and more. Similarly, while Bruce and Granderson may be available by trade, so are Ryan Braun, Yasiel Puig, Andrew McCutchen, Brett Gardner, and J.D. Martinez, plus Jose Bautista and Dexter Fowler are available on the open market.
In early November, Newsday's Marc Carig said teams had been expressing interest in acquiring Bruce, Michael Conforto and Granderson.
Bruce, 29, will make $13 million this season, after which he is eligible to become a free agent. He hit .219 with a .294 OBP and .391 OBP with eight HR and 19 RBI in 50 games for the Mets after being acquired from the Reds last Aug. 1.
Granderson, 35, will make $15 million this season, after which he is eligible to become a free agent. He hit .237 with a .335 OBP, 30 home runs and 59 RBI. However, he hit .317 during his final 30 games of the season.