Blue Jays agree to trade Curtis Granderson to Brewers

Blue Jays agree to trade Curtis Granderson to Brewers
Jays ship Granderson to Brewers for prospect
TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays have sent outfielder Curtis Granderson to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor leaguer Demi Orimoloye, the team announced Friday.

Granderson, 37, was hitting .243 with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs in 103 games with the Blue Jays this season.

Curtis Granderson Traded To The Brewers for Minor League OF Demi Orimoloye

The six-foot-one, 200-pound veteran has put up a .252 average with 330 home runs and 900 RBIs over the course of his 15-year career.

Following the game, the 37-year-old Granderson was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for 21-year-old Canadian outfielder Demi Orimoloye, who hit .247 with 12 homers and 55 RBIs in 125 games combined with Class-A teams in Wisconsin and North Carolina. The right-handed hitter, a graduate of the Canadian junior national team, was born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in Orleans, Ont.

Granderson told reporters after the Jays 6-5 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday that he was looking forward to joining the Brewers, who sit in the final Wild Card spot in the National League at 76-60.

As a farewell gift to a team he had been a part of for just eight months, Curtis Granderson delivered a ninth-inning pinch-hit single on Friday night at Marlins Park. His safety against the Marlins kept the Blue Jays’ hopes alive in the ninth and set up a game-winning pinch-hit grand slam by Justin Smoak in a 6-5 victory.

“(I was) surprised because you never know whats going to happen you. You hear a lot of rumblings and things, and like Ive said before, theres no reason to get worked up about anything until something happens, but then also excited,” he said.

As a farewell gift to a team he had been a part of for just eight months, Curtis Granderson delivered a ninth-inning pinch-hit single on Friday night at Marlins Park. His safety against the Marlins kept the Blue Jays’ hopes alive in the ninth and set up a game-winning pinch-hit grand slam by Justin Smoak in a 6-5 victory.

“Getting a chance to go to a team that has a possibility to get into the playoffs and go deep — I know theyve been playing very well from the things Ive been seeing, theyve also made some other moves — so super excited to join them.”

The left-handed hitting Granderson batted .243 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs in 103 games with the Jays, and made a significant impact with the young players in the organization in his brief time in Toronto.

Orimoloye, 21, hit five home runs and 23 RBIs with a .260 average in 61 games with the Brewers Class-A affiliate in Wisconsin, as well as seven home runs and 32 RBIs with a .237 average across 65 games with the Class A-Advanced Carolina Mudcats this season.

The left-handed hitting Granderson batted .243 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs in 103 games with the Jays, and made a significant impact with the young players in the organization in his brief time in Toronto.

The six-foot-four, 225-pound outfielder was born in Lagos, Nigeria before moving to Orleans, Ont. Hes a graduate of the Canadian National Junior Baseball program.

Share Share Curtis Granderson Traded To The Brewers for Minor League OF Demi Orimoloye tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images Earlier today Curtis Granderson was named with Josh Donaldson as someone expected to be traded tonight. It appears as if this has happened:

Granderson was signed in the off season to a one year, $5m deal in hopes that hed 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 hasnt 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 wasnt 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.

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