Dodgers add veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson, send Joc Pederson to minors

August 19, 2017

The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to make impactful moves to solidify their chances for a championship, as the team acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash considerations from the New York Mets in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Granderson, 36, is a former All-Star who still has power in his bat.  After slumping hard early in the season, Granderson has recently posted a .276/.399/.603 slashline in his last 71 games since May 21, going 55-for-199 with 40 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 16 homers and 38 RBI in that span. Overall, he’s batting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBI in 111 games with the Mets, including a .282 mark with runners in scoring position.

Granderson has a .254 career batting average with 312 home runs and 853 RBI in 1,760 games in 14 Major League seasons with the Tigers (2004-09), Yankees (2010-13) and Mets (2014-17). The three-time All-Star (2009, ’11, ’12) and 2011 Silver Slugger also won the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award for his community work.

Defensively, Granderson has appeared 1,246 games in center field, 445 games in right field and 59 games in left field during the course of his career.

With Granderson now activated, the Dodgers also recalled left-handed pitcher Edward Paredes from Triple-A Oklahoma City, while optioning outfielder Joc Pederson to Triple-A and placing right-hander Yu Darvish on the 10-day DL with lower back tightness (retroactive to Aug. 17).

Pederson, once one of the Dodgers most promising prospects, has struggled this season at the plate.  He was batting .215 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI in 87 games with the Dodgers this year.

Darvish has gone 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA in three starts with the Dodgers since being acquired from the Rangers on July 31. Overall, he’s 8-9 with a 3.83 ERA in 25 combined starts with Los Angeles and Texas.

Paredes picked up the win in his MLB debut on July 24 against Minnesota and tossed 2.1 scoreless innings in two games during his first stint with the Dodgers. Paredes, 30, has gone 2-3 with one save and 2.25 ERA in 35 combined games with Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa this year, last pitching on Monday with a scoreless inning vs. Round Rock.

By Staff of and news services

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