The Los Angeles Dodgers swung a shrewd trade this month by acquiring Curtis Granderson, along with cash considerations, from the New York Mets at a low cost. The deal called for the Mets to receive a player to be named later or cash.
Days after the trade was announced, the Dodgers sent Jacob Rhame to the Mets to complete the transaction. Granderson gives the Dodgers another strong clubhouse presence and a veteran who comes with plenty of playoff experience.
What’s more, the 36-year-old is in the final year of a four-year, $60 million contract. In addition to adding a player who will come off the books after the 2017 season, the Dodgers are paying less than half of Granderson’s remaining salary, according to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball:
And speaking of money, sources say the Mets paid more than half of the $3.5 million remaining on Granderson’s deal.
Prior to getting traded to the Dodgers, Granderson was among multiple Mets players who cleared revocable waivers. That left the team free to negotiate with any of the other 29 teams.
Granderson entered play Thursday 3-for-20 with two home runs, five RBI, four runs scored, four walks and five strikeouts in five starts. Including the series finale with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he’s been in a different spot in the lineup for five of six games.