Heard Granderson's been seeking a 4 year deal at $16 million per year. So, it appears that Mets may be facing a $64 million question.
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) December 5, 2013
Met believe they have a "decent" chance of landing Granderson. But they have held firm at three years, and Granderson wants four.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) December 5, 2013
However, before we haul off and call the Mets out for the cheapskates they've been in recent years, the Post's Mike Puma went on to mention later in the night that the Mets may be bidding against themselves if they were to go to a fourth year. What he's getting at is that there are no other teams hot on Granderson right now. At least not hot to the point of offering the fourth year he covets so badly.
For those of you who fear that the Mets could lose Granderson by playing the game this way, you fears are warranted. My largest fear in this process is that the money which could potentially be allocated to Granderson is theoretically held in check right now, thus preventing the team from exploring other avenues. I'd hate for them to come up short elsewhere because these negotiations have stalled. As I've said several times, I understand why Granderson is stalling. I also understand, at least to this point, why the Mets won't budge. Until another team enters the game, this little staring contest is exactly what the doctor ordered.