Curtis Granderson would be a fit with the ailing San Francisco Giants

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.


10 responses to “Curtis Granderson would be a fit with the ailing San Francisco Giants

  1. Pingback: Curtis Granderson Would Be a Match With the Ailing San Francisco Giants | Ten Sports Club

  2. That’s still a lot of change for a guy about DONE!

  3. or just grab Everth Cabrera. The Giants could definitely use the speed off the bench once pence/aoki return.

  4. sid effen bream

    Love Curtis since his Tigers days, but there’s no way Giants should trade for him unless the Mets eat a minimum of 75% of his salary. 3 years left? at an avg of $13M/yr? For someone who has to be platooned? Nope.

  5. Ludicrous. That’s wishing for a Met salary dump for a guy the Giants absolutely don’t need, unless the Mets pay 90% of the freight. Giants are hitting just fine without and both Aoki and Pence will be back soon after the break. Pagan and Blanco have hardly been “light-hitting” far more effective than Grandy. Besides, the solution of Belt in left has paid major dividends, resting Posey who is on fire, at first, and getting AB’s for Susac, also on fire.

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