According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Toronto Blue Jays have dealt veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson to the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Milwaukee Brewers currently hold down the second wild-card position in the National League and significantly increased their chances for the postseason by adding not only Curtis Granderson but reliever Xavier Cedeno and starter Gio Gonzalez from the Washington Nationals earlier in the day.
In exchange for Granderson, the Jays obtained 21-year old outfield prospect Demi Orimoloye. The native of Nigeria grew up and went to high school in Canada. Orimoloye is hitting .247/.322/..391 with 12 homers and 22 stolen bases between stops in Single-A and High-A this season.
The 37-year old has been long rumoured to be on the move and the Jays finally found a suitor for the veteran outfielder. The lefty-swinging Granderson is hitting .243/.340/.429 with 11 home runs in 103 games with the Blue Jays this season.
Granderson brings a wealth of experience and an impeccable reputation for being a great clubhouse presence. The outfielder has 57 career postseason games under his belt and will undoubtedly be a necessary asset for the young Brew Crew contingent moving forward.
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Granderson was the second trade of the evening for the Jays who earlier dealt former MVP Josh Donaldson to the Cleveland Indians. The Jays will receive a player to be named later with some value from the Indians for Donaldson.
The former 3rd round pick is predominantly a platoon player at this stage in his career and will also be utilized as a left-handed option off the bench for the Brewers. This season Granderson is batting .250 with all his home runs coming versus right-handed pitching while hitting a lackluster .143 versus southpaws.
The outfielder will suit up for his sixth major league team having previous service time with the Jays, Tigers, Yankees, Dodgers, and Mets prior to the deal. Granderson is poised to become a free agent at seasons end and is currently earning a modest $5 million for the 2018 campaign. There has been no word as of yet if the Blue Jays will be retaining any of his remaining salary in the deal.
The veterans tenure in Toronto was short lived however he is genuinely one of the good guys in the game and should pay dividends for the Brewers on and off the field.