(Reuters) - The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their World Series aspirations by acquiring veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson in a trade with the New York Mets on Friday.
The Mets sent cash considerations and the three-time All Star Granderson in exchange for a player to be named later, the Dodgers said.
Los Angeles lead the majors with an 86-34 record and have a 19-1/2 game lead over Arizona in the National League West.
The 36-year-old Granderson is batting .228 with 19 home runs this season for the Mets, who have a 53-66 record and are unlikely to make the playoffs. They were in the World Series in 2015.
“Its been a great four years here with the Mets organization,” Granderson told reporters. “All these guys have been amazing.
“It’s a little bittersweet, but to get an opportunity to play into the post-season is going to be exciting.”
Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg Stutchbury