Mets Receive RHP Jacob Rhame to Complete Granderson Trade

The New York Mets announced they have received right-handed pitching prospect Jacob Rhame from the Dodgers as the Player to be Named in the Curtis Granderson deal early Saturday morning.

Rhame, 24, has pitched 41 games for the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate Oklahoma City in 2017, registering an 0-2 record with a 4.31 ERA.

At the time of the trade, MLB Pipeline had Rhame as the Dodgers No. 28 prospect.

Here’s the scouting they gave the righty:

Despite those dominant numbers, Rhame’s future at the big league level may be limited because he’s primarily a one-pitch guy. His fastball, clocked in the low 90s at Grayson, has jumped to 94-98 mph and occasionally tickles triple digits since the Dodgers streamlined his mechanics. His four-seamer is tough to deal with not only because of its velocity, but also because it features riding life and his short arm action creates deception.

Rhame also uses a low-90s two-seamer when he wants some sink, but he doesn’t have anything reliable beyond his fastball. While his slider has some power and can climb into the upper 80s, it lacks tilt, and his attempts at throwing a splitter have been less effective. He’s an extreme fly-ball pitcher who will need to find a way to keep Major Leaguers off his fastball.

Original report – Aug. 19, 12:30 a.m.

The Mets have a deal to send outfielder Curtis Granderson to the Los Angeles Dodgers, both teams have announced. The Mets will be sending cash along with Granderson to LA and will receive either cash or a player to be named later.

Granderson has been the subject of trade rumors for months now, although his hefty salary and his dreadful start to the season made it much harder to deal him, particularly in such a saturated market.

Granderson, 36, is in the final year of a four-year pact he signed with the Mets prior to the 2014 season. Over his 573 game Mets career, Granderson hit (coming into tonight) .239/.341/.444 with 95 home runs, 106 doubles, 12 triples, and 27 stolen bases. One of the few Mets to consistently stay healthy in recent years, he played over 150 or more games in each of the last three seasons and seemed poised to approach that number again in 2017.

After perhaps the worst month of his Mets career in April, Granderson has since been a force to be reckoned with at the plate. Since May 1, he’s batting .263/.383/.570 with 18 home runs over 303 plate appearances. Throughout his stay in New York, Granderson has made fans think he was “done” on multiple occasions, only to roar back with months-long stretches where he regains an elite power stroke.

He has become a fan favorite in New York, being consistently upbeat and open with reporters, even when he and the team were struggling. Granderson has also been active in philanthropy, earning himself the Roberto Clemente Award last October.

Granderson will join a Dodgers team that is leaving the rest of baseball in the dust. Los Angeles has an 86-34 record, 19 games in front of the second-place Colorado Rockies and 11 wins in front of the Houston Astros, who have the second-best record in baseball at 75-47.

Thoughts from Connor:

Granderson has been a model player from his first day in a Mets uniform. He has certainly had his ups and downs on the field, particularly in his first year, but always kept his head up and remained such an important leader on some pretty inexperienced Mets teams. Without him, it’s tough to say the last two postseason runs could have happened.

His work off the field has been nothing short of tremendous, too. Granderson’s personal foundation, the Grand Kids Foundation, really does some great work that I encourage you all to check out. He sets a great example that I wish more players would follow.

Granderson has a real shot at winning his first ring, and I truly hope he gets it (even if Chase Utley gets one too). Best of luck, Curtis. You will be missed.

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Connor O'Brien is a third-year economics student at Rutgers University, a longtime writer here at MetsMerized Online, and an aspiring economist. He embraces sabermetrics but also highly values scouting. Follow him on Twitter at cojobrien.