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Curtis Granderson talks heating up with Mets?

Curtis Granderson sits in the dugout watching a

Curtis Granderson sits in the dugout watching a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (April 14, 2013) (Credit: AP)

The Mets have reportedly moved on from the salmon course.

Multiple reports have the Mets' talks with Yankees free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson heating up. The Mets are said to be offering a three-year deal, while Granderson is pushing for four or five years.

The news comes a day after Granderson acknowledged a Sunday meeting with Mets GM Sandy Alderson.

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"We ate a nice meal and it was great to enjoy some salmon," Granderson said during a conference call Tuesday. "But other than that it was kind of what you would expect. A conversation, a Q&A, and [we] continue the process."

It seems the Mets search for a power-hitting outfielder, however, has advanced beyond the Q&A stage.

Granderson, 32, had a down year in 2013. He suffered two freak injuries -- twice hurting his hand after getting hit by pitches -- depressing his numbers to a .229 average and seven home runs in just 61 games. But Granderson showed elite power as the Yankees center fielder in 2011 and 2012, smashing a combined 84 home runs.

The Mets have previously inked outfielder Chris Young this offseason and have incumbent center fielder and defensive specialist Juan Lagares likely penciled into the opening day lineup. Speedy Eric Young Jr. is also an outfield option, or could be moved to the infield.

Granderson, primarily a center fielder during his first nine seasons, played all three outfield spots last season, which could free the Mets up to leave Lagares in center and deploy Granderson in one of the corner spots.

The Yankees are likely out of the mix to bring their own free agent back to the Bronx. Following Tuesday's reported deal with Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees outfield options include the ex-Red Sox center fielder, Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells.

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