New York Mets manager Terry Collins says his team has no plans to trade outfielder Curtis Granderson, but it’s not just because of the free agent outfielder’s contract.
Collins has said Granderson could be traded during the World Series if the Mets win the World Baseball Classic.
The Mets are scheduled to host the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the World Championship Series, but Collins says the team will wait for the final results of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) study on whether there is any evidence of brain injury from the event.
“If we win the championship, we will move on, but if we lose, we’ll keep looking for that, too,” Collins told ESPN.
“Curtis is going to play this World Series in Boston.
If he’s not ready, we can always move him.
We’ll just wait and see what happens.
But right now, we’re just looking forward to getting to Boston.”
Collins’ comments came after the Mets signed Granderson from the New York Yankees last week for a $75 million, five-year contract.
The Mets signed outfielder Curtis Greaterly from the Yankees in a five-player deal, which includes Granderson and infielder/outfielder Michael Conforto.
Collins said Grandson is a top prospect, and he believes Granderson can play in the majors.
“We have a number of prospects we have in the farm system that we really believe are going to be in the big leagues in a year or two,” Collins said.
“He’s a big, strong guy, and a guy that is a tremendous athlete, and I think he has the tools to be a big-league player.
He’s got great bat speed, and we’re excited to see him compete in this game.”
Granderson is scheduled to make $10 million this year, and it will be his second major league contract, joining his $5.9 million deal with the Oakland Athletics.
The New York Post reported Collins is hoping Granderson plays well in his first World Series, and the Mets have a plan in place to move the slugger if the team doesn’t win.
“If he’s going to win, he’s got to win,” Collins was quoted as saying by the Post.
“We’ll see if he’s gonna be ready.
We’re not going to worry about him.”
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