Earlier today Curtis Granderson was named with Josh Donaldson as someone “expected to be traded” tonight. It appears as if this has happened:
Curtis Granderson getting hugs in #BlueJays clubhouse post-game. He’s been traded.— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) September 1, 2018
#Brewers get Granderson, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 1, 2018
Granderson was signed in the off season to a one year, $5m deal in hopes that he’d bring some left handed pop to the outfield for a team that was supposed to be competitive this year. His reputation precedes him as one of the best clubhouse guys you can find, and he has certainly been that and more to the team.
On the field, Granderson has played in 103 games, almost exclusively in a platoon against right handed pitchers. He carries a .243/.340/.429 batting line, good for a 110 wRC+. Defensively, Granderson hasn’t been particularly great, nor is he a strong base runner. He has accumulated 0.4 fWAR in his time with Toronto.
He will be missed, but with all the kids auditioning, there simply wasn’t any playing time for him. If Granderson ever wanted to come back and work as a coach or even on a broadcast, I am sure Toronto would love to have him.
UPDATE: The player coming back is a Canadian minor league outfielder in Class A Ball, Demi Orimoloye
.@DemiOrimoloye16 has been red hot down the stretch! During his current 10-game hitting streak, the Mudcat center fielder is batting .326 with 14 hits, 4 home runs, and 11 RBI.— Carolina Mudcats (@CarolinaMudcats) August 31, 2018
This ball that he hit last night probably landed somewhere in Franklin County. #MudcatsFUN pic.twitter.com/PigdTUa38G
Best of luck, Curtis! We wish you the best.