The Brewers were a team with surprising interest in Granderson, who has been a steady presence in that Mets outfield for the past few seasons. Granderson has been relegated to a backup role in New York and will likely do the same in Milwaukee.
He’s in the last year of his contract. And could provide some veteran leadership and postseason experience to this young roster. He’s also a mentor to the Milwaukee Brewers’ 2016 first round pick, Corey Ray. Adding him to the organization seems to make sense.
However, he’s hitting .223/.332/.452 on the year. While the average isn’t much, his OPS is actually not bad and he does have 15 homers this year. He doesn’t have the speed he once did but he can provide something off the bench for the Brewers.
But, some of you may be thinking that we already have too many outfielders, that we don’t need another one. Well, that’s also true. But look at this roster right now. There are only three true outfielders on this 25-man roster. Ryan Braun, Keon Broxton, and Domingo Santana are the only ones while Hernan Perez and Eric Thames are the backup outfielders.
Craig Counsell will likely want a true outfielder on the bench and although Lewis Brinson is a popular option, he doesn’t have the experience Granderson does. Originally I was as skeptical of the report of the Brewers interest in him as the rest of you, but looking at it now, it makes too much sense.