The Toronto Blue Jays officially announced the signing of Curtis Granderson to a one-year contract. Granderson heads north of the border after spending the second half of last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The three-time All-Star contemplated retirement earlier this offseason, but decided to his extend his career another year. He returns to the American League East, where he enjoyed his most productive seasons with the New York Yankees from 2010-13.
The Dodgers acquired Granderson from the New York Mets last August, further bolstering their outfield depth. The 36-year-old brought plenty of postseason experience to the team, as well as additional veteran leadership in the clubhouse.
After an excellent first half with the Mets, Granderson struggled to replicate that success in Los Angeles. In 36 regular season games across 132 plate appearances, he slashed a mere .161/.288/.366 with two doubles, seven home runs and 12 RBI.
Despite his offensive slump, Granderson was included on the National League Division and Championship Series rosters. However, he received just 15 plate appearances and combined for one single while striking out eight times.
Granderson was left off the World Series roster in favor of carrying an extra pitcher on the staff. After the Fall Classic concluded, he reached the open market for the first time in four years and joined a crowded outfield free-agent class that has yet to gain any clarity.
The Blue Jays, in search for outfield help, took a flier on Granderson and hope he can bounce back from his poor stint with the Dodgers and put up similar numbers from his tenure with the Mets. They have also acquired outfielder Randal Grichuk from the St. Louis Cardinals this offseason.
At the very least, Granderson will provide defensive versatility and a positive influence for the young players in the Toronto organization.