Curtis Granderson, LF, Toronto Blue Jays
Games: 57 (As of 6/23)
The Grandyman Can! In his 14th year in the MLB, Granderson is excelling with the Toronto Blue Jays. After three and a half years with the Mets, Granderson was dealt mid-season last year to the Los Angeles Dodgers but struggled mightily with them.
Granderson was at peace with the reality that his baseball career may be over following his difficult 2017 season, but the Blue Jays took a risk on him and signed him to a one-year/$5 million deal.
Surprisingly, at 37 years old, Granderson is playing very respectable baseball. Since his scorching hot start to the season, he has cooled off a bit but has still shown that there is life left in his bat and legs. His current manager, John Gibbons of the Blue Jays had high praise for him:
"“Curtis is having a great year, obviously we liked him to sign him. … He’s gotten some big, big hits, and when he’s leading off, he really works the pitchers, he draws walks, he’s a tough out. He knows how to play that job. He’s done it for years. I can’t say enough good things about him.”"
Granderson would have certainly been an upgrade over struggling and ailing Jay Bruce. His veteran leadership and consistent play would have been a valuable commodity for this Mets team.
It is possible that Granderson is shipped out of Toronto prior to the July 31st trading deadline to a team in contention, but regardless of what happens, this is most likely his last year in the MLB.
Granderson had an excellent career in the major leagues and Mets fans will never forget about him and his time in blue and orange.