Blue Jays outfielder Curtis Granderson has cleared revocable trade waivers, The Athletic’s Robert Murray reports. That means the Blue Jays can negotiate a trade with any of the 29 other teams.
Granderson, 37, has put up decent numbers while splitting time in the outfield corners with Teoscar Hernandez and Randal Grichuk. In 322 plate appearances (296 of which have come against right-handed pitchers), Granderson has hit .234/.333/.414 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI.
Granderson is owed the remainder of his $5 million salary and will become eligible for free agency once the season ends. A contending team might be interested in acquiring Granderson more as a bat off the bench than as a platoon outfielder.
The lineups for the Red Sox-Yankees game for this evening were just released and, lo and behold, Aaron Judge is back in it for the Yankees. He’ll be batting second and playing right field.
Judge was activated four days ago but had been limited to defense and base running. As of yesterday signs pointed to him not hitting today, but he took swings in a simulated game for the second straight day today — taking advantage of the previously-scheduled day game being moved to this evening — and things must’ve gone well.
Judge has been out since late July due to a fractured wrist suffered when he was hit by a fastball from Royals pitcher Jakob Junis. He has taken longer than expected to recover from the injury and the Yankees have felt his absence as he was hitting .285/.398/.548 with 26 home runs and 61 RBI in 447 plate appearances when he went down and no one has, obviously, been able to replace his production.
Now he’s back to help the Yankees fend off the A’s for the top Wild Card spot.