Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Mets GM Sandy Alderson
Mets centerfielders generated more than a few headaches in 2012, combining to post a slash line of .247/.326/.384 with 13 home runs.
At the moment, the Mets are short on options for center field in 2013. Utility outfielder Scott Hairston is a free agent, and the club non-tendered Andres Torres last week. Young outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis had his moments in 2012, but the jury is out on whether he has the goods to be a quality everyday player.
Thus, the stars are aligned for the Mets to make a move for a centerfielder this winter. It would be ideal if they got one with a little power, as their centerfielders contributed little power in 2012 and the club hit only 139 home runs as a whole.
Granderson is not without his shortcomings—he strikes out too much, doesn't get on base enough to show off his speed and is at best an average fielder—but power is something he has plenty of. He's hit more home runs that any player in the majors over the last two seasons, and he ranks third in slugging percentage behind Matt Kemp and Josh Hamilton (see FanGraphs).
Clearly, he'd be a nice upgrade for the Mets.
Whether or not the Mets can afford Granderson's $15 million salary for 2013 is a big question mark. They already have about $75 million in salaries committed for next season (including the money they owe Jason Bay). Their Opening Day payroll was under $100 million in 2012, and it may not go much higher in 2013 given the financial state of the franchise.
The Mets would likely need to Yankees to eat part of Granderson's salary, and they won't do that unless they're getting something significant back from the Mets. Beyond Cy Young-winner R.A. Dickey, the Mets don't have many significant parts that also happen to be expendable.
Given the circumstances, I'd call the idea of Granderson going to the Mets a long shot, even if it is a possibility that can't be ruled out.