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Ex-MLB All-Star surprisingly drawing consideration for Mets manager job

Curtis Granderson in the dugout

A candidate for the New York Mets’ managerial vacancy is coming out of left field … literally and figuratively.

Robert Murray of FanSided reported Friday that former All-Star outfielder Curtis Granderson is among those under consideration for Mets manager.

Granderson, who is still only 40 years old, is a surprising addition to the mix given that he has no managerial experience. But he was very well-liked as a player and was even voted by his peers as one of the game’s friendliest players in 2010. Granderson also became involved in the MLB Players Association as early as 2006 and reportedly had a significant role in negotiations towards the 2011 labor agreement.

Additionally, Granderson played for the Mets from 2014 to 2017 and definitely endeared himself to the local fanbase.

That said, the Mets’ last two managers, Luis Rojas and Mickey Callaway, were also fairly inexperienced and neither worked out particularly well. It would make sense for the team to consider a seasoned veteran manager, which is why this candidate is said to be high atop their list.

Photo: Apr 30, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins left fielder Curtis Granderson (21) looks on prior to the game against the Cleveland Indians at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins sign Curtis Granderson to minor league deal

Curtis Granderson Angels fan

Veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson agreed to a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, and will report spring training later this month.

If the 37-year-old Granderson makes the 40-man roster, he will earn a one-year contract that pays him $1.75 million and carries an additional $250,000 in incentives for things like number of at-bats.

A three-time All-Star, Granderson has spent 15 years in the major leagues, batting .252/.340/.470 with 332 home runs, 903 RBI and 153 stolen bases.

On three separate occasions (2007, 2011 and 2015), Granderson has finished in the top 20 of MVP voting, while also earning a Silver Slugger Award in 2011.

With the Marlins, Granderson reunites with team CEO Derek Jeter, who he spent four years playing alongside in the Bronx.

In 2018, Granderson spent time with both the Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers.

Yankees could reunite with Curtis Granderson?

Curtis Granderson

This trade deadline could just see Curtis Granderson back in pinstripes.

Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported on Sunday that the New York Yankees are looking for another outfield slugger in the wake of recent injuries to Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Clint Frazier. Heyman also goes on to mention Granderson specifically as a potential fit.

The 37-year-old Granderson, who is currently with the Toronto Blue Jays, played with the Yankees from 2010 to 2013. There he had some of his peak seasons, making two All-Star teams and leading the AL in RBIs in 2011.

Granderson’s numbers have really tailed off in recent years though — he’s batting just .234 with 86 strikeouts in 85 games this year. But he might be able to provide the Yankees with some short-term production as a low-risk acquisition who will be a free agent after the season. Furthermore, this could be Granderson’s chance to finally bury the hatchet with the local fans.

Curtis Granderson reportedly agrees to deal with Blue Jays

Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson is heading to Canada.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Monday evening that Granderson and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract that is pending a physical.

The Blue Jays are a little weak in the outfield, which explains the move. Beyond center fielder Kevin Pillar, their other outfielders include Steve Pearce, Dalton Pompey and Teoscar Hernandez. Still, the Blue Jays giving that much money to Granderson does not make much sense.

The soon-to-be 37-year-old batted just .212 last season, though his OPS was .775 thanks to his 26 home runs and 64 walks. The Jays likely are hoping to get the Granderson version who had an .815 OPS with the Mets rather than the one who batted a pathetic .161 with the Dodgers, leading to him being left off the World Series roster.

Joe Maddon nearly came running out in jock strap over Curtis Granderson call

Joe Maddon ejection

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon was ejected from Game 4 of the NLCS Wednesday night after a third strike call was overturned and allowed Curtis Granderson to see another pitch. And had the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder belted a home run after umpires allowed his at-bat to continue, the scene would have been a lot uglier.

Fortunately for the Cubs, Granderson struck out anyway after the umpiring crew determined that he foul tipped a 2-2 pitch rather than missing it. Maddon says he would have come sprinting out of the clubhouse if the result was different.

That’s a site nobody wants to see, so we’re all glad Granderson swung and missed on the next pitch.

The Cubs eventually came away with a 3-2 win to avoid being swept. Maddon has been in a particularly sour mood throughout the series, as he was also ejected in Game 1 after going ballistic over a call involving the Posey Rule.

Dave Roberts won’t scapegoat anyone for Dodgers’ losing

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts is standing up for all of his players and won’t let any of them be singled out amid the Dodgers’ struggles.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers manager said he wouldn’t blame any individual for the team’s recent 11-game losing streak.

Curtis Granderson is one player many fans have pointed to as part of the reason for the team’s skid. He’s batting just 8-for-72 (.111) since being acquired by the Dodgers last month in a post-waiver trade with the New York Mets. Luckily half of his hits have been homers, but he’s still adversely affected the team and has a -0.4 WAR since joining the LA squad.

The Dodgers have been without Corey Seager for much of their recent losing stretch, which obviously hurts the club. And players like Cody Bellinger and Logan Forsythe have seen slight drops in batting average over the past 15 games. In addition to Granderson, Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson haven’t hit much during the losing streak, so really it’s been a collective lack of offense that’s contributed to the losing.

The Dodgers need to break out of their funk before it’s too late.

Brewers showing interest in Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson

The New York Mets already shipped out one player, so the Milwaukee Brewers are figuring why not see if they’re willing to trade some others.

According to FOX MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal, the Brewers have shown interest in Curtis Granderson.

Granderson is batting just .223, though his on-base percentage (.325) and slugging percentage (.450) are respectable. He is in the final year of his current deal and set to become a free agent, which would make him an outfielder rental.

Granderson had been splitting time in the Mets’ outfield. But with Lucas Duda headed to Tampa Bay, Jay Bruce could move to first, giving the Mets more of an open spot for Granderson. Still, since the Mets are so far behind in the NL playoff race, it would make sense to trade him if they can get anything in return.

Jacob deGrom loses no-hitter after Curtis Granderson misplays fly ball (Video)

Jacob deGrom’s bid for a no-hitter came to unfortunate end after Curtis Granderson lost a fly ball in the sky.

With two outs during the fifth inning of Friday’s game against the Phillies, Andrew Knapp hit a ball to center field that for all the world looked like it would be a routine play. That, however, was not the case. Granderson had trouble finding the ball, which landed behind him and was picked up by Yoenis Cespedes. Knapp ended up on third base with a triple. Here’s video of the play.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the catch probably on the fly ball was 99%.

You have to feel for Granderson in that situation, whether there is a no-hitter on the line or not. Later in the game, he received sarcastic cheers from the crowd at Citi Field after successfully making a catch.

Report: Mets willing to trade Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson

Terry Collins Mets

Having fallen well out of the playoff picture, the New York Mets appear willing to turn over much of their roster for young talent.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Mets are now willing to hear offers for a variety of veterans in their clubhouse. Olney goes as far to call New York “open for business”.

Having lost seven of their last eight, the Mets may have recently changed their mind about buying or selling midseason. Olney now reports that Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, and others are all available for the right price.

Currently 31-41 on the season, the Mets sit in fourth place in the NL East. They trail the division-leading Nationals by 12 games and are a whopping 14.5 games behind the Colorado Rockies for the second wild card spot in the National League.

After being swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in a four-game series this week, the Mets travel to San Francisco for a three-game set with the struggling Giants.

Shane McNichol covers college basketball and the NBA for Larry Brown Sports. He also blogs about basketball at Palestra Back and has contributed to Rush The Court, ESPN.com, and USA Today Sports Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @OnTheShaneTrain.

Curtis Granderson makes Mets history with two extra-inning homers

Curtis Granderson

The day did not start particularly well for the New York Mets, who lost pitcher Jacob deGrom for the season with a nerve injury, but it ended in grand(erson) style.

Trailing the Minnesota Twins 2-1 in the bottom of the 11th inning, outfielder Curtis Granderson led off with a solo homerun that tied things up. And although the Mets would fail to push across another run despite two runners on base, Granderson would get a second opportunity to play hero in the bottom of the 12th.

He would not disappoint.

On 3-2 pitch from Ryan O’Rourke, Granderson sent his second homerun in as many innings down the right-field line and over the wall for an improbable walkoff.

Granderson’s second homerun didn’t just give the Mets a much-needed win, but it set several records in the process.

The 12th inning walkoff blast represented the Mets’ 201st homerun of the season, breaking a team record that had been previously set in 2006. It was also the first time in franchise history that a player hit two extra inning homeruns in the same game (and only the eight time in MLB history).

The Mets have now won 10 of their last 13 games and are 10-games over .500 for the first time this season.