NEW YORK -- Marlins outfielder Curtis Granderson, a free agent after this season, said recently that he wants to play in the Major Leagues in 2020, but he realizes it may be hard to find a team that is interested in his services.
“A lot of it is going to depend on the 30 ballclubs,” Granderson said. “The way things have been moving [in free agency] the past couple of years -- it has not only affected me, but other free agents -- doesn’t make it like it’s going to be a slam dunk like you are going to roll into a job and get something.”
Granderson, 38, spent most of the 2019 season coming off the bench for Miami. Entering Tuesday’s action, Granderson played in 132 games and had a slash line of .186/.286/.355 with a .641 OPS.
But numbers don’t tell the whole story, according to manager Don Mattingly. Granderson is known as a guy who mentors the younger players on the team.
“Grandy is awesome. Grandy for president. I’m not kidding,” Mattingly said. “Grandy is a unique dude. He is willing to give these guys advice, help a guy grow up. He is a great example. Grandy is one of the keys for us. He continues to play hard, continues to have good perspective on the season.”
Granderson said he would love to return to the Marlins and continue to be a mentor.
“As I talked to the media after signing, that’s the one thing I made crystal clear [about the Marlins]: I like how everything is moving with the organization -- the players they have, the talent, the front office, the coaching staff. All of those things.”