The National League West leading Los Angeles Dodgers have added to their arsenal after acquiring Curtis Granderson a veteran outfielder from the New York Mets in exchange for cash considerations as well as a player name later said the two teams late Friday.
Granderson, who is 36, will join Los Angeles during his fourth season in New York and his 13th season in the majors. Prior to playing with the Mets, Granderson played four seasons with the Yankees and five with the Tigers, who picked him during the 2002 draft’s third round.
Granderson said it was a little bittersweet to be leaving the Mets. However, getting an opportunity to play in the playoffs is exciting.
The veteran is playing his final season of a $60 million four-year deal. Currently his batting average is .228 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs. The Dodgers already have a solid corps of outfielders including Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor.
Los Angeles continues to build on its hugely successful regular season and is on pace to tie the record in MLB for wins in a single season at 116. After winning on Friday night, the Dodgers are now 19 games ahead of the Colorado Rockies the second place team in the NL West.
Los Angeles has won 14 more games than the team with the second best NL record, the Washington Nationals and 11 better than the top American League team the Houston Astros.
Granderson released his own video statement to fans of the Mets that was posted on the team’s Twitter feed.
Granderson said while at his locker following the trade that when he became a Met in 2014 he had been told they were committed to winning and he appreciated the opportunity to play in the postseason the last two seasons with the team.
Unfortunately, this season the team did not have the results and were not going to play in the postseason, but he certainly enjoyed the last two seasons.
Los Angeles has run away with the NL West thanks to strong hitting and pitching. The Dodgers starting rotation leads the NL in ERA and has not even had its ace Clayton Kershaw the past month.
Kershaw started throwing last week but an exact timetable has not been released as to when he will return for the team.