The Mets traded outfielder Curtis Granderson, plus cash considerations, to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. <strong>NEW YORK</strong> -- The <a href="http://nj.com/mets" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mets</a> traded outfielder <a href="http://www.nj.com/mets/index.ssf/2017/07/why_education_is_so_important_to_mets_curtis_grand.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Curtis Granderson</a>, plus cash considerations, to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Granderson was not in the Mets’ lineup on Friday night for the team’s 3-1 loss to the Miami Marlins, but talking in the clubhouse after the game, Granderson said he was informed the Mets had a deal in place to move him to Los Angeles.
Granderson’s last at bat as a Met was a grand slam against the Yankees on Thursday night, which could have been a final selling point for the Dodgers.
Gradnerson was at the center of trade rumors throughout the summer, as the Mets fell far back in the standings and they started to move pieces in July. Granderson stayed through the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but rumors surfaced again after he cleared waivers in August.
The Mets already dealt outfielder Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians in August, and now another veteran is gone to open up a spot in the lineup for the rest of the season. Outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto will get their regular playing time, but Juan Lagares and specifically Brandon Nimmo will benefit from the absence of Granderson.
“It’s been a great four years with the Mets organization,” Granderson said. “All these guys have been amazing. Getting to talk to the coaching staff and players to this point, possibly saying goodbye to these guys for a little bit. It’s a little bittersweet to do that, but to get an opportunity to go play in the postseason’s going to be exciting.”
Granderson could find himself in a similar platoon role in Los Angeles, but he will find himself playing October baseball. The Dodgers have the best record in baseball at 86-34.