Not like the Dodgers need him, but according to reports the Dodgers have acquired left handed hitting outfielder Curtis Granderson from the Mets. The Mets will send the Dodgers cash or a player to be named later to complete the swap. The deal was announced by Anthony DiComo of MLB.com
The full deal will be: Curtis Granderson and cash to the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash in return. #Mets
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 19, 2017
The 36-year old veteran has been with the Mets for the past four seasons. He’s put up great power numbers with high strikeout rates and good on-base skills. Granderson blasted 30 home runs in 2016 and 26 long balls in 2015 with the Mets. But he’s struck out over 130 times in each of the last three seasons.
Granderson enjoyed productive seasons with the Tigers and Yankees before coming over to the Mets in 2014. At one point he smacked over 40 home runs in consecutive seasons (41 in 2011 and 43 in 2012) with the Yankees and led the league in runs batted in (119) back in 2011. This season he’s struggled to make contact once again (90 whiffs) but has hit 19 home runs and driven in 52 in 395 plate appearances in Gotham. Overall he’s posted a .228/.334/.481 slash line with an .815 OPS and 11 OPS+.
Defensively he can play all three outfield positions but has seen most of his playing time in centerfield. He’s played over 1200 games in centerfield while also seeing 445 games in right field as well. He’s got a strong throwing arm collecting 73 outfield assists, most of them from center.
Granderson gives the Dodgers an experienced postseason bat. The veteran has slugged 29 postseason home runs and posted a .797 career postseason OPS in 51 games. If you remember he batted .389 (7 for 18) in the 2015 NLDS against the Dodgers. He also hit three home runs in the 2015 World Series against the Royals.
This doesn’t mean that Granderson is going to displace Joc Pederson in center field despite the youngster’s recent struggles at the plate. More than likely Granderson will serve as an extra bat off the bench and get occasional starts in September. With Franklin Gutierrez out the Dodgers were without a dedicated fifth outfielder. Although the Dodgers also have long time stalwart Andre Ethier set for a return to action later in the month.