We all knew it was likely happening. But now it’s confirmed. Curtis Granderson to the Dodgers
The Mets have announced that as a return piece for Curtis Granderson, they received right-handed pitcher Jacob Rhame. The 24-year-old Georgia native has spent the last two seasons in the Dodgers Triple-A team, the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
So far in 2017, Rhame is 0-2 with a 4.31 ERA over 48 innings. Important to note that much like offensive numbers can be inflated in the Pacific Coast League (as we know from all of our Vegas 51s references), pitching statistics are also affected.
According to scouts, Rhame has a good fastball topping out at 97 mph, and a good enough breaking ball that can be thrown effectively for strikes. Rhame will likely be reporting to the Las Vegas 51s for the remainder of the year, and could be called up in September when the rosters expand.
During Friday night’s game, rumors swirled around Twitter that Curtis Granderson and Rene Rivera were getting dealt. After the game, several Mets beat writers tweeted out that Granderson said he’d been dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Shortly afterwards, we found out that the deal was confirmed, and that Granderson and cash considerations would be going to the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Oh, another player to be named later. This is also what the Mets got in exchange for Neil Walker. Cool Mets, cool.
Granderson is a fantastic human being and he will be missed by the team and the Mets. He was such a great veteran presence to have both in the clubhouse and mentoring the young players. In fact, Granderson is an example to all of us, as seen by him winning the Roberto Celemte award, the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, and being named Marvin Miller Man of the Year — just to name a few.
Shortly after the news broke, Granderson gave a special message to Mets fans:
It’s been quite the four-years with the Mets for Granderson, after they signed him to a $60 million deal back in December of 2013. In a total of 573 games played in the blue and orange, Granderson hit .239/.341/.444. He hit a total of 95 home runs for the Mets over that four year span and drove in 247 batters.
Granderson wasn’t in the Mets lineup on Friday night, however, in his final performance as a Met on Thursday night he went out with a bang — hitting a grand slam in the final game of the Subway Series.
Curtis, thank you for being an example for all of us. Thank you for the memories, the laughs, and for bringing We Follow Lucas Duda into our lives. Even though Los Angeles is a bit far from Tampa Bay, there’s no doubt that you’ll still be able to follow him somehow..