NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Curtis Granderson has until Monday to accept or decline the Yankees’ $14.1 million qualifying offer.
It appears that Granderson is likely to turn down the one-year deal on the table to seek a multiyear deal through free agency.
Should Granderson decline the Yankees’ offer, the Mets could be waiting in the wings to sign the 32-year-old outfielder to a lucrative multiyear contract. Andy Martino of the Daily News reported that the Mets have expressed preliminary interest in Granderson according to two sources familiar with the Mets’ offseason plans.
The Mets are searching for a power outfield bat. There will be plenty of teams interested in Granderson should he become a free agent. Both the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs are understood to be strongly interested in Granderson. The three-time All-Star was raised in Lynwood, Illinois.
Granderson hit back-to-back 40 home run seasons in 2011 and 2012. Injuries limited Granderson to 61 games in 2013. He finished last season with a .229 average, seven home runs and 15 RBI in 214 at-bats.
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