Curtis Granderson has generated little interest in the trade market, but that is reportedly starting to change
Curtis Granderson is reportedly starting to generate more interest in the trade market. The 36-year old, who is in a contract year, has resurfaced in trade talks after putting together some hot stretches over the summer for the New York Mets.
Granderson is still owed slightly north of $4 million the rest of this season, and half the battle is finding a taker for that salary and a limited time of production. The Mets have made every move to save as much as possible, which has lessened their return on some of previous trade chips, most notably Jay Bruce. The Mets did eat some of Neil Walker’s remaining salary though and may have to do the same for Granderson.
Grandy has been a fantastic locker room presence in his four years with the Mets. His batting average and slugging percentage have lagged from his previous stops, but Granderson’s bat has an affinity for heating up as the season rolls along.
2017 has been no different for Granderson. He had an on-base percentage under .200 for the first month of the season. May saw better days, but June is where everything clicked. In 26 June games, Granderson slashed .316/.442/.711 with eight homers and 15 RBIs. The production tapered off in July, but has picked back up again with five homers in 12 August games.
The Washington Nationals could use a short-term fix in their outfield after losing Bryce Harper to a bone bruise on a scary play over the weekend when he slipped on the bag while running out a grounder. The Nationals would seem to be the most likely target among all playoff teams.
Whether Granderson does wind up getting traded or not, it appears his tenure as a Met will end after this season. Granderson keeps himself in great shape if he does desire to play beyond this season. He has over 1,600 hits and 311 homers including Monday night’s blast to open the scoring against the Yankees. Granderson has also played over 150 games in nine of the last 12 seasons.
Recently, Granderson stated he wouldn’t retire if the Mets wanted to bring him back next year. That seems unlikely, but it’s a big example of Granderson’s commitment to the franchise.