The Miami Marlins have filled in the lineup card that requires experience for the upcoming season. The winner of that position is Curtis Granderson.
Marlins signed the veteran outfielder Granderson to a minor league contract on Tuesday, the team announced.
Granderson, 37, finished last season with the Milwaukee Brewers, who acquired him in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays before the Aug. 31 deadline.
A three-time All-Star, he has a .252 average, 332 home runs, and 903 RBIs. Granderson’s talent and experience have been utilized around the MLB. In 15 major league seasons with the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Blue Jays and Brewers he has maintained the longevity to make him a candidate to play left field, along with playing time.
Granderson, who turns 38 on March 16, is a teammate the Marlins clubhouse needs. He fills a significant roster spot for left-handed quality hitting. His 332 career home runs, which is sixth among active players proves he is not just in the clubhouse for the veteran presence. Granderson has appeared in 1,919 games, and he is a career .252 hitter with 1,742 hits and 903 RBIs.
He brings the needed experience to the table for an inexperienced Marlins roster. Granderson is a former teammate of Marlins’ chief executive officer Derek Jeter. Though not on the 40 man roster, Granderson will attend Marlins FanFest on Saturday at Marlins Park.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.