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Grandy-Man Heading West: Mets Deal Outfielder To Dodgers

Photo by Gabe Rodriguez

The New York Mets are continuing with their fire sale as Curtis Granderson was dealt late Friday night to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later.

Granderson came over to the Mets in December 2013, after spending his first 10 seasons in the majors with the Detroit Tigers and then the New York Yankees. He didn’t put up the huge power numbers that he did with the Yankees, but he was a consistent force on the Mets especially when he heated up during the season.

In four seasons with the Mets, starting back in 2014, Granderson batted a combined .239, with 95 home runs, and 247 RBIs. In 2015, he helped lead the Mets into the World Series against the Kansas City Royals, and he led the team with three home runs in the series.

Not only was Granderson a presence on the field, he was also a positive influence off the field. He always gave time to all the fans, signing autographs before the game and showcased his many accomplishments off the field with the Grand Kids Foundation, a charity geared towards aiding positive youth development via education, physical fitness and nutrition.  His site also states that it provides the tools and resources necessary for educational and societal advancement.

But Granderson was also a major figure in the Mets clubhouse and made sure to be there for the younger players. Outfielder Michael Conforto spoke to the media about what Granderson has meant to him, “It’s tough to see him go. He’s a huge part of this team, as far as on the field and off the field, he plays a huge part of who we are. We’ll definitely remember the way he goes about his business and hopefully try to do some things like he does.”

The Dodgers have gained a veteran that has peaked over the last few weeks. Back in June, Grandy hit .316 with eight home runs and 15 RBIs, but then he had a horrible July where he hit only .159 with one home run and 4 RBIs. But August has been good to Granderson, as he is hitting .256 in the first 19 days, and has six home runs and 14 RBIs.

Granderson goes from a team in the rebuilding stages to a team who is running away with the NL West Title and huge favorites to win the World Series. Granderson has yet to win a title appearing in the Fall Classic twice in his career and coming up on the short end of the stick twice.  But now at the tail end of his career, the 35-year-old takes his hot bat and goes West with the best chance to win it all and finally end his drought.

Good Luck Grandy-Man!!!

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also coaches baseball for ages 13-15, a Babe Ruth League team in his local community. David's passion is coaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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