Dodgers Acquire Curtis Granderson from Mets

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The Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday evening acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash considerations from the New York Mets in exchange for a player to be named later and/or cash back.

The 36-year-old Granderson has a .254 career batting average with 312 home runs and 853 RBI in 1,760 games in 14 Major League seasons with the Tigers (2004-09), Yankees (2010-13) and Mets (2014-17). The three-time All-Star (2009, ’11, ’12) and 2011 Silver Slugger also won the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award for his community work. Defensively, Granderson has appeared 1,246 games in center field, 445 games in right field and 59 games in left field during the course of his career. He’s also played in 51 postseason games, tied for the 14th most among active players.

Granderson has posted a .276/.399/.603 slashline in his last 71 games since May 21, going 55-for-199 with 40 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 16 homers and 38 RBI in that span. Overall, he’s batting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBI in 111 games with the Mets, including a .282 mark with runners in scoring position.

The left-handed hitting Granderson gives the Dodgers another option to bat leadoff, and another player with speed on the bases. He also provides more veteran leadership to the clubhouse, and has playoff experience, as he gave the Dodgers fits in the 2015 NLDS, when the Mets eventually advanced on to the World Series.

To make room on the 40-man roster, Los Angeles designated right-hander Dylan Floro for assignment. Floro, 26, was claimed from the Cubs on Aug. 4 and appeared in three games with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

(Jon Chapper provided some information furnished in this report)

 

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