Toronto trades Granderson to Brewers

September 1st, 2018
Toronto Blue Jays' Curtis Granderson prepares for an at-bat during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Patrick Semansky/AP

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson wasn't the only Blue Jays player on the move on Friday night. Toronto also sent veteran outfielder to the Brewers for Minor League outfielder Demi Orimoloye.

Granderson's deal became official approximately two hours after word first broke that Donaldson had been traded to Cleveland. Granderson joins a Brewers team that is four games back in the National League Central and currently in possession of a Wild Card spot.

Teams had until Friday night at 11:59 p.m. ET to acquire players and have them be eligible for the postseason. Granderson likely will take on a similar role in Milwaukee to the one he had with the Blue Jays as a veteran bat off the bench and part-time outfielder.

"Surprised, because you never know what's going to happen," Granderson said when asked for his reaction to the trade after the Blue Jays' 6-5 win in Miami on Friday night. "You hear a lot of rumblings and things, and like I said before, there's no reason to get worked up about anything. It just sort of happens. But then also excited, getting a chance to get to go to a team that has a possibility to get into the playoffs and go deep."

Orimoloye is a 21-year-old outfielder who was born in Nigeria and grew up in Orleans, Ontario. He's a former fourth-round pick of the 2015 Draft, who was slashing .248/.322/.393 in 126 games at Class A this season. He was not ranked among MLB Pipeline's list of top 30 Brewers prospects.

Granderson signed a one-year, $5 million deal with Toronto last winter and will become a free agent at the end of the season. The 37-year-old hit .243/.340/.429 with 11 home runs in 103 games for the Blue Jays this season, his 15th in the Majors. His final at-bat was a pinch-hit single in the sixth inning of Friday's victory over the Marlins.

"My time was great [in Toronto]," Granderson said. "I always said, even before I came here, it was one of my favorite road cities to go to. Now being there full-time, really cool. The fans were amazing, the team was amazing, the front office all the way up and down. I couldn't have asked for a better situation from last offseason to where I came right now."