Los Angeles Dodgers land Curtis Granderson from New York Mets

By The Sports Xchange  |  Aug. 19, 2017 at 1:12 PM
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The Los Angeles Dodgers added a veteran on Friday to bolster their already-strong roster before the postseason begins in a little more than a month.

The Dodgers acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash considerations from the New York Mets in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

The 36-year-old Granderson has a .254 career batting average with 312 home runs and 853 RBIs in 1,760 games spanning 14 major league seasons with the Detroit Tigers (2004-09), New York Yankees (2010-13) and New York 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 in his career. He also has played in 51 postseason games, tied for the 14th most among active players.

Granderson has a .276 average in his last 71 games since May 21 with 40 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 16 homers and 38 RBIs in that span. Overall, he's batting .228 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs in 111 games this season for the Mets, including .282 with runners in scoring position.

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

And with that deal, the exodus from the Mets' clubhouse of veteran players continued less than a week after the Mets sent Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers. That was a few days after they had traded Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians and after the trade deadline when they dealt away Lucas Duda and closer Addison Reed.

Granderson was in his fourth season with the Mets and 13th overall after four seasons with the Yankees and five with the Tigers.

"A little bittersweet," Granderson said before exchanging hugs and phone numbers with now ex-teammates such as Robert Gsellman and Wilmer Flores. "But to get an opportunity to play in the postseason is going to be exciting."

Granderson is in the last season of a four-year, $60 million contract.

The Dodgers (86-34) are on pace to tie the major league record for wins in a season with 116.

As for the Mets, Granderson acknowledged, "Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to do that this year. But all the things that have been said that we talked about doing, I think we did."

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