Closing out the final season of a four-year deal he signed with the Mets in 2013, Curtis Granderson provided pop and a veteran presence in the clubhouse before a midseason trade to the Dodgers. After the move to Los Angeles, his strikeout rate jumped and his overall numbers took a hit thanks to a .161/.288/.366 line over his final 36 games. After struggling in the first two rounds of the playoffs, he was dropped from the 25-man roster prior to the World Series. Granderson is still capable of handling right-handed pitching if you look past the low batting average (.214), thanks to his 14.6 percent walk rate (.337 OBP) and ability to punish mistakes (.470 SLG). When asked about his future during the summer, Granderson indicated that he's comfortable with retirement if the right opportunity doesn't come along via free agency. If he returns for his age-37 season, he'll almost certainly see fewer than the 527 plate appearances he racked up in 2017.
Granderson agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with the Blue Jays on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Granderson's average continued to fall during the 2017 season, as he hit a bleak .212 over 147 games. However, he still managed to hold some value with his power, as his 26 home runs marked his fourth straight season with at least 20 homers. With Kevin Pillar holding down center field, look for Granderson to share time with Teoscar Hernandez, Steve Pearce, and Ezequiel Carrera in the corners of the outfield.
Granderson is not on the Dodgers' World Series roster, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Corey Seager, who missed the NLCS due to a back injury, will take Granderson's place on the roster. The 36-year-old has struggled mightily since joining the Dodgers via trade in August -- hitting just .161/.288/.366 in 132 plate appearances -- and is just 1-for-15 (.088) with eight strikeouts in 15 at-bats this postseason. With Granderson unavailable, the Dodgers will use Chris Taylor, Yasiel Puig, Enrique Hernandez, Andre Ethier and Joc Pederson in the outfield for the Fall Classic.
Granderson is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Thursday. As has been the case all postseason, Granderson will head to the bench with a southpaw (Jose Quintana) toeing the rubber for the opposition. Enrique Hernandez will start in left field and bat sixth in his stead. Granderson is coming off an 0-for-4 night with four strikeouts, and is just 1-for-15 (.066) so far in the postseason, so manager Dave Roberts will probably turn elsewhere if he needs a pinch hitter in the latter stages of Thursday's game.
Granderson is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Tuesday, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports. Granderson -- who has struggled since joining the Dodgers via trade in August -- is just 1-for-11 (.091) so far in the postseason, so he'll open Game 3 on the bench even with a right-hander pitcher (Kyle Hendricks) toeing the rubber for the opposition. In his place, Andre Ethier will start in left field and bat fifth.
Granderson is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Diamondbacks on Saturday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. As expected, Granderson will open the game on the bench with a southpaw (Robbie Ray) starting for the opposition. Enrique Hernandez will start in left field and bat fifth in his absence, something that figures to continue throughout the postseason when the Dodgers face a lefty starter.