The Dodgers are not done making moves. Just before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Dodgers have acquired former All-Star outfielder Curtis Granderson.
According to Anthony DiComo, New York Mets beat writer for MLB.com; the Dodgers have a deal in place that would bring outfielder Curtis Granderson and Rene Rivera and cash to the Dodgers for a player to be named later.
This move is surprising to Dodger fans as the Dodgers are one of the few teams in the league that has a surplus of options, let alone outfielders. Granderson provides yet another power left-handed bat to a Dodger line up that is already stock piled with lefties.
The details of the deal have yet to be released, but the Dodgers are expected to send over cash considerations for the service of Granderson for the final two months of the season. Granderson is a free-agent after this season. Granderson, 36, is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBI on the year for a Mets team that has struggled to live up to expectations after suffering major injuries to their pitching staff this season.
In the deal, the Dodgers also acquired veteran catcher Rene Rivera to add more depth to the Dodgers backstop which already includes Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes. Rivera is hitting 230 with 8 home runs 23 RBI in 174 at-bats.
With the recent activation of Adrian Gonzalez, Dave Roberts was already dealing with a surplus of players to find playing time for. Now with the inclusion of Granderson to an outfield that already includes Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger, Dave Roberts will have his work cut out for him finding playing time for all these power players.
It will be interesting to see whether Granderson plays an everyday role with this club or becomes the primary pinch hit bat off the bench. It’s unlikely that he replaces Joc Pederson every day in center field as he’s lost a step defensively. Perhaps if Joc continues to struggle, Roberts could move Taylor to the everyday center field role and have Granderson lock down left field. Granderson has 9 career home runs and 29 RBI in the postseason, so this could be the reason why Andrew Friedman made the deal. We’ll continue to provide more information as the details unfold.