Could Curtis Granderson be an option for the Astros?
Yesterday, it was announced that Curtis Granderson has cleared waivers and can be traded via Robert Murray. The Blue Jays have had some bad luck this year and can’t compete in the division with the Red Sox and the Yankees.
With that said, they wouldn’t mind trying out some younger prospects over 37-year-old Granderson. Plus, they could shed the rest of the $5 million that is owed to Granderson. Even with Granderson’s limited success this year, there will be a few teams trying to trade for him, including the Yankees.
Granderson is batting .231 with ten homers plus 31 RBI and an on-base percentage of .332 via ESPN. While that may not be super sexy, it could be better than the offensive output that they are getting from left-field right now. Right? Not including last night’s stats, Astros left fielders are batting .235 with ten homers and 48 RBI via Baseball-Reference. Granderson does have two stolen bases, but the Astros have 11 from their left fielders.
Yes, we are still waiting for Kyle Tucker to break out. Without Jose Altuve at second base, Marwin Gonzalez is playing there taking his bat out of left-field. With George Springer and Jake Marisnick‘s injuries, this is keeping Tony Kemp out of left field. For the Astros to even consider trading for Granderson, it has to be a significant upgrade over what they currently have. Plus, they don’t like giving up prospects for a rental.
What he does offer you that Tucker can’t is his veteran status and his 203 playoff at-bats in his 12-year career. He only batted .203 but has nine career homers with 29 RBI. Granderson also had a big performance in the 2015 World Series. He batted .250 with three homers in a losing effort versus the Royals. For the right price, Granderson could be a good addition as a left-handed power hitter. However, I think they will look for other options first.