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Granderson had talks with Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  December 10, 2013 02:15 PM

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Remember all those signings and trades last week? That's why the Winter Meetings have been so uneventful so far.

But persevere we must. So here are a few notes:

Curtis Granderson, who was introduced by the Mets today, told reporters he negotiated with the Red Sox several times, including after Jacoby Ellsbury signed with the Yankees.

Granderson was looking for a long-term deal (he received four years from the Mets) and talks with the Red Sox proved fruitless. Granderson was left with the impression that the Sox would go with Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Mets are interested in Stephen Drew, who would certainly be a major upgrade over the likes of Ruben Tejada. But don't expect the Mets to make a big play for Drew. Like the Red Sox, they would be content to see where his market goes first and sign him to a shorter-term deal.

The longer Drew is unsigned, the better the odds of his returning to the Red Sox. But don't underestimate the ability of agent Scott Boras to find a team. He just needs one and he's willing to wait.

Sox GM Ben Cherington said Monday that while the door is open to Drew, it won't be forever. At some point the Red Sox will set their roster and spend the money they have to spend.

A.J. Pierzynski, who lives in the area, will be meeting with Boston reporters this afternoon.

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