Mets, Granderson are talking about deals ranging from 3 to 5 years

In an injury-punctuated 2013, Curtis Granderson batted only .229 and had seven homers. (USATSI)
In an injury-punctuated 2013, Curtis Granderson batted only .229 and had seven homers. (USATSI)

Former Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson and the Mets are engaging in talks as the club tries to solve its outfield issues.

Word is the Mets are offering a three-year deal, with Granderson believed to be seeking five, at least at the start. A likely solution could be a four-year deal.

Granderson is likely seeking close to $17 million annually.

The Mets seem to prefer him, if only slightly, to Nelson Cruz for two reasons: 1) he's left-handed and could provide a batting-order complement to franchise player David Wright, and 2) he's a proven performer in New York.

The Mets, who previously signed Chris Young to a one-year, $7.25 million deal, would not have to surrender a No. 1 pick since they possess the 10th and final protected pick.

The Mets showed interest in Shin-Soo Choo but after saying they didn't see a $100 million player on the market after Robinson Cano, it woould apear their chances to sign Choo are close to nil, barring a change of heart. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson met with Granderson last week in San Diego.

The Mets met with Cano, but that is seen as a long-shot play. They could show interest if the price falls below $200 million, though, one person suggested.

Granderson led the majors by hitting 84 home runs between 2011-12 but was derailed last season by two pitches that hit him, finishing with only seven homers and a .229 batting average. Adam Rubin of ESPNNew York suggested talks were "intensifying."

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