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Granderson signs Minors deal with Marlins

February 5, 2019

MIAMI -- A youthful Marlins squad has added an accomplished veteran outfielder.Curtis Granderson, a three-time All-Star with 15 years of MLB experience, has signed a Minor League contract with the Marlins that includes an invitation to big league Spring Training. According to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, Granderson will earn

MIAMI -- A youthful Marlins squad has added an accomplished veteran outfielder.
Curtis Granderson, a three-time All-Star with 15 years of MLB experience, has signed a Minor League contract with the Marlins that includes an invitation to big league Spring Training. According to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, Granderson will earn $1.75 million if he makes Miami's roster, with the chance to add another $250,000 in incentives. 
Granderson, who turns 38 next month, brings plenty of big-game experience to the table for an inexperienced Marlins roster. He is a candidate to start in left field, or at minimum receive ample playing chances with Miami.
In 2018, Granderson began the season with the Blue Jays before a waiver trade on Aug. 31 sent him to the Brewers, where he was part of his eighth postseason team. Granderson is a former teammate of Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter.

The Marlins are in the market for left-handed power, and Granderson has 332 career home runs, which is sixth among active players. Granderson has appeared in 1,919 games, and he is a career .252 hitter with 1,742 hits and 903 RBIs.
Even though he is not on Miami's 40-man roster, Granderson will attend Marlins FanFest on Saturday at Marlins Park. Typically, just players on the 40-man roster, along with prospects participating in this week's Captain's Camp, are invited.

Granderson broke in with the Tigers in 2004, and he remained there until being dealt to the Yankees before the '10 season. Granderson spent four years in the Bronx before signing with the Mets, where he played from '14-17. Granderson also played for the Dodgers in '17.
Granderson is the second significant roster addition the Marlins have made in the past week. Last Tuesday, the Marlins signed free-agent veteran infielder Neil Walker to a one-year contract worth $2 million.
The Marlins have outfield uncertainty, with center fielder Lewis Brinson considered the only lock to start on Opening Day. Brian Anderson is a core player who may play either right field or third base. In left field, Austin Dean is a possible starter, but Granderson could wind up being a left-handed-hitting alternative.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.