In their continued attempt to lock up all the key components of their club, the Tigers took another step toward that effort on Monday, signing Curtis Granderson to a new five-year deal that will keep him a Tiger at least through 2012, possibly 2013.
"We are excited to have Curtis signed to a long-term contract with the Tigers organization," Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said. "Curtis is one of the best young players in the game and a quality individual that represents the Tigers well both on and off the field."
The deal, worth $30.25 million over the next five years, also includes a $13 million club option for 2013. Granderson will make $1 million in 2008, with that salary quickly escalating to $3.5 million, then $5.5 million in 2010, $8.25 million in 2011 and $10 million in 2012.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are close to adding another potential starter down the road, acquiring Armando Galarraga from the Texas Rangers, in exchange for minor league outfielder Mike Hernandez.
Galarraga, 26, was a combined 11-8 with a 4.14 ERA last season between Double-A and Triple-A. He was released by the Rangers last week to make room on the 40-man roster.
Hernandez spent '07 splitting time between High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie. Between the two leagues he hit 24 home runs and drove in 106.
Galarraga has one minor league option remaining, leaving him a good candidate to start the season in the Triple-A Toledo rotation.