The San Francisco Giants received some unfortunate news today, as left fielder Nori Aoki will be out indefinitely with a fractured right fibula. And with Hunter Pence already on the disabled list with a sore wrist, the Giants are now sporting a light-hitting outfield of Angel Pagan, Gregor Blanco, and journeyman Justin Maxwell.
Unless the Giants want to risk losing ground on the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, they should consider acquiring an outfielder in the near future. And fortunately for the Giants’ sake, Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets is available.
Or at least, he should be.
Granderson has posted a solid 12.2 percent walk rate, park-adjusted 112 wRC+, and 10 home runs for the Mets in 2015. While the 34-year-old is no longer the elite fielder he once was, Granderson has gloved a passable minus-4.1 UZR/150 and 3 DRS between right and left field this year.
But there are, of course, a few red flags with Granderson. The left-handed batter’s inability to hit his own kind has only worsened with age. Granderson has posted a dismal .133 batting average, 4.3 percent walk rate, and 9 wRC+ against left-handed pitching thus far.
From a financial perspective, the veteran outfielder is still owed an exorbitant $39 million through 2017.
So why should the Giants trade for Granderson given the above?
Well, Grandy is very effective against right-handed hitting, walking at a 13.8 percent rate and swatting a fruitful 132 wRC+. And if the Mets are willing to eat half his salary, all of a sudden, Granderson’s contact becomes…fair-ish.
Unlike the last Mets-Giants trade, it’s unlikely Sandy Alderson could pull off a Carlos Beltran-for-Zack Wheeler-esq coup. But perhaps acquiring a young, controllable relief asset like Hunter Strickland for Granderson would suffice.
Statistics (games through June 23, 2015) and salary information sourced through FanGraphs and Cot’s, respectively.