The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best record in baseball - an incredible 86-34 - but they aren't just sitting back and waiting for the playoffs to start.
No, the Dodgers are being proactive and trying to acquire as much talent as possible as they eye a World Series appearance.
Still, it was a bit surprising to see them make a move for a slugging left-handed outfielder on Friday, but that's exactly what they did.
The Dodgers acquired Curtis Granderson from the New York Mets in exchange for a player to be named later and cash, according to an ESPN report.
Granderson, who is .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBI for the Mets this year, has spent the past four seasons in New York.
As he heads to the West Coast, Granderson will join an outfield that currently features Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson and Chris Taylor, among others. Considering Pederson is hitting only .215 this year, Granderson may become the Dodgers' starting center fielder upon his arrival in Los Angeles.
For Granderson, moving to the Dodgers is a great opportunity, but he told the New York Post that finding out about the trade on Friday was also a bittersweet moment:
“It’s the first time I’ve been moved during the course of the season,” said the 36-year-old Granderson. “It’s a little bittersweet, but to get the opportunity to play in the postseason, it’s going to be exciting.”
Considering the Mets have struggled their way to a disappointing 53-67 record so far this year, the upgrade in moving to LA is immense for Granderson. Now, he'll once again find himself in the middle of a championship chase.
The Mets have been very active on the trade market, as several veterans like Granderson, outfielder Jay Bruce and first baseman Lucas Duda, have been traded over the last two months. Manager Terry Collins said the extreme roster turnover has been difficult to deal with:
“This is hard for these guys. We started spring training with tremendous expectations, and they all had them themselves,” Collins said. “All of a sudden you look around, there’s new people everywhere. It’s a little bit of a culture shock for some of our guys.”
Indeed, looking around the Mets' locker room, it's surprising to remember that, just two short years ago, this was the team that represented the National League in the World Series. Injuries have ravaged New York's starting rotation this year, which has caused the team to struggle mightily.
Now, the Mets may have some rebuilding to do before they reach the playoffs again. Granderson and the Dodgers, meanwhile, are clearly in win-now mode.
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