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

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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.

 

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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