Blue Jays sign Curtis Granderson

 The Toronto Blue Jays have signed Curtis Granderson to a one-year, $5-million contract. Photo Credit: Matt Slocum/AP Photo

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed Curtis Granderson to a one-year, $5-million contract. Photo Credit: Matt Slocum/AP Photo

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

TORONTO - Pending a customary physical, the Toronto Blue Jays and free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson have come to terms on a one-year, $5M pact that includes incentives.

Granderson, who will turn 37 on Opening Day, is a career .252 hitter with 319 home runs and three All-Star appearances across parts of 14 major league seasons.

In 147 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets last season, the left-handed swinging veteran appeared at all three outfield positions and slashed .212/.323/.452 with 52 extra-base hits, 26 of which left the yard.

With 123 strikeouts in 2017, there is some swing and miss to Granderson's game. That said, the former third-round draft pick still exhibits an eye at the dish as evidenced by the fact that he's drawn 70+ walks in four of his last five seasons, with an injury-shortened 2013 campaign being the exception.

Earlier this off-season, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins hinted at the team's desire to add a veteran presence to the clubhouse. The type of experienced player that can emerge as a leader for some of the Blue Jays' younger talent. Given his reputation both on and off the diamond, Granderson fits this description well.

With a proven ability to hit righties, look for the Blue Jays' newest acquisition to split time with Steve Pearce as a platoon in 2018.

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Andrew Hendriks

Born in southern Ontario during the late 1980's, Hendriks had a front row seat to watch the Blue Jays reach the pinnacle in '92/'93 as a child, an experience that only bolstered this Canadian's love for the "American Game." Having played since before his memory allows access too, his passion for Baseball grew over years of emulating his heroes on the local sandlots, memorizing the backs of chewing gum scented cards and travelling across North America to experience as many aspects of the game as possible. In 2009, Hendriks began volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a Weekend Tour Guide. By 2010, he was hired on to help curate for the museum & Instruct the fundamentals of the game along side such legends as Tony Fernandez, Roberto Alomar and Jim Fanning during the Hall's annual Kids On Deck program. Following the 2011 season, Hendriks began blogging and co-hosting a weekly podcast for www.BackInBlue.ca, a Blue Jays themed website ran by fans, for fans. Looking to continue connecting with baseball fans across the country, Hendriks is excited to join such a strong team at the Canadian Baseball Network and looks forward to chipping in.