Blue Jays Agree To One-Year Deal With Veteran Outfielder Curtis Granderson

The Los Angeles Times

The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson.

The deal was reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic on Monday.

Granderson will turn 37 in March. The veteran outfielder has spent the last four seasons in the National League after playing in the American League for the first 10 years of his career. He was with the New York Mets for the majority of the 2017 season before getting traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in August.

Between the Mets and Dodgers, Granderson batted .212 with 26 home runs and 64 RBIs during the 2017 season. Although the Dodgers did make the playoffs and eventually went all the way to the World Series, he was not a big part of their run. Granderson only had 15 at-bats during the playoffs and did not play at all during the World Series.

Throughout his 14-year MLB career, Granderson has played for the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Mets and Dodgers. He has reached the World Series three times (2006, 2015 and 2017), but has yet to win a ring. He was very close this past fall, but the Dodgers fell to the Houston Astros in seven games.

Even though Granderson is nearly 37, he can still be a productive player. He can play any of the three outfield positions and is a decent power-hitter. Granderson hit 30 home runs for the Mets in 2016. There is a good chance that he will start at one of the corner outfield positions for the Blue Jays this season.

With the signing of Granderson, the Blue Jays have added a good veteran player who is known as a clubhouse leader. He should be a nice asset to have this season.