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Sunday, December 4, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WINTER MEETINGS REPORT: METS COULD DEAL BOTH GRANDERSON, BRUCE

By Michael Wong

National Harbor, MD.--We are here at the Winter Meetings so let the fun begin.

-The New York Mets are taking center stage here as they continue to dangle both outfielders Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce.  Right now the Mets are getting much more attention on Granderson, with the Toronto Blue Jays being the most aggressive.  A team official stated here though that the Mets could move BOTH Granderson and Bruce and go with Michael Conforto, Juan Lagares, and Yoenis Cespedes as their starters.  They also have Brandon Nimmo knocking on the door as well.  A shutdown reliever is the top priority for the Mets and they are still having cursory talks about Wilson Ramos for catcher.

As far as the relievers are concerned, the Mets are fearful of a lengthy suspension for closer Jeurys Familia and they also want to keep the workload manageable for setup man Addison Reed.  A move COULD be made for Mark Melancon if both Granderson and Bruce are dealt since it would free up salary but the official said this is a longshot.

-The New York Yankees on other hand remain very interested in upgrading their starting pitching but nothing is happening right now.  They liked Rich Hill but are resigned to the fact he is going back to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  They are not involved on Chris Sale or Chris Archer either.

Meanwhile they are in daily contact with Edwin Encarnacion and his reps but Brian Cashman is leery of going five years on a 33-year-old DH/1B.

-The Boston Red Sox seem to want to go the discount route at 1B/DH as they remain strong potential suitors for Mike Napoli and also have now been connected to Pedro Alvarez.  They are still vowing to not be going for Encarnacion or Mark Trumbo which is hurting both of their markets.

-The Astros are offering up Evan Gattis to anyone who will listen.

-The Atlanta Braves remain very interested in Chris Archer, while the Astros and Nationals are entertaining what it could take to get Sale.

More later.


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