The two sides have been negotiating for a few weeks, and it was said the Mets did not want to exceed a three-year deal for Granderson. In an injury-shortened season, Granderson hit .229/.317/.407 with the Yankees in 2013.
The Mets are looking to sign Granderson but have been hesitant to offer a four-year deal, while Granderson obviously believe he can get a fourth year from someone. Other teams have been linked to the free agent, including the Mariners and both Chicago teams.
ESPN previously reported that Beltran had that exact offer from the Royals, but if a deal with those terms is on the table, it isn't yet coming from Kansas City, according to Thursday's report.
"The ideal situation is Andy Dirks would play like he did two years ago," general manager Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday. "He didn't have a good year last year. I know his knee bothered him. He admitted it more after the year that it bothered him all year long, so I'm looking for Andy Dirks to come back."
Splitting time with Matt Tuiasosopo, Dirks hit .256 with nine homers and a .686 OPS in 438 at-bats last season, but he hit .322 with eight homers and an .857 OPS in 314 at-bats in 2012, crushing righties to the tune of a .336 batting average and .889 OPS.
"We think he's a good big-league player. But am I ready to say for sure he's our left fielder and we can't get better by matching and mixing and doing something? No, I'm not prepared to do that at this point," Dombrowski said.
It appears that the first team to offer Granderson four years for an average annual salary close to what he's seeking could bring the free agent into the fold.
Fuld isn't ready to make a decision, as he is still in the information-gathering stage of the process, but it sounds like he won't be without a job for long. He hit .199/.270/.267 with two home runs, 17 RBI and eight stolen bases in 176 at-bats last season.
Petersen spent all of 2013 with Triple-A New Orleans, hitting .275/.363/.407 with eight home runs, 49 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 506 at-bats. Adcock went 8-6 with a 6.67 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and a 69:50 K:BB ratio in 113 1/3 innings between Triple-A clubs Omaha and Reno.
Contreras made seven appearances with the Pirates, allowing five earned runs in five innings, as well as going 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 42:12 K:BB ratio in 33 innings across three minor-league levels.
Pridie spent 2013 in the Orioles organization, but he got only 10 at-bats in the majors. He hit .269 with 15 homers and a .767 OPS in 479 at-bats at Triple-A Norfolk.
Lane signed with the Padres in July as well and went 2-2 with a 5.24 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 33:6 K:BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings. Suarez, who was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 2003 and 2004, hit .261/.318/.322 with 21 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 264 at-bats with El Paso of the American Association last season.