In a new, rather puzzling, rumor the Milwaukee Brewers are expressing interest in New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson.
The main area of concern for the Milwaukee Brewers to this point has been pitching, and rightfully so. These new whispers are met with the similar question to the Ian Kinsler rumors. Why? There really is not a fit for Granderson in the lineup.
He would provide experience down the stretch and probably split time with the day to day Ryan Braun. But there are so many outfield options to replace Braun on the days he does not play. Top prospect Lewis Brinson was just called up, plus Brett Phillips and Keon Broxton have both seen MLB time this season.
At 36 years old and an expiring contract, Granderson would be nothing more than a rental. He is owed 15 million dollars through the end of the year.
His .223 batting average makes any interest questionable at best. The numbers are not there anymore. When he makes contact, he is only hitting .249. It is hard to see any concrete interest here. Even more than that it is hard to justify giving up any high level prospects to acquire him.
The most positive stat to find takes a little bit of effort to dig for, but Granderson is pace to hit the most extra base hits in a season since he clubbed 77 in 2011. He currently sits at 35 just after the All-Star Break. Even saying that feels like a stretch.
Memories of Granderson electrifying the Detroit Tigers outfield when he first broke into the league 11 years ago always come to mind. However, those days are gone and he is just an underperforming veteran.
Any mentioning of Granderson’s name by David Stearns could be from a call for reliever Addison Reed. The Mets have been vocal about shopping Granderson and Jay Bruce. So it could be situation where the Mets GM is just creating a buzz off of a quick mention of a name. A good marketing move for them, but somewhat scary for the Milwaukee Brewers of a name.
There is a high level of confidence that Granderson will not end up in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform. He is not needed and he would not play. It is the waste of a trade and Stearns is too smart for that.