Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
I think the key to this question is the reason why we've seen nothing more than wild and random rumors here and there about Curtis Granderson being moved, and nothing solid. Why is that? Because the Tigers aren't looking for pure prospects in return. In my estimation, to move Granderson, the Tigers are looking for at least two blue-chip, non-arbitration-eligible players that are big league ready right now, likely one pitcher and one position player. That isn't an easy bounty to come by, and it more than likely explains why the Tigers haven't pulled the trigger on a deal yet. Most teams right now looking to swing a deal are looking to offer prospects - and substituting prospects for your starting 28-year-old ambassador-for-the-game centerfielder is a recipe for disaster, both on the field and at the ticket stand. Granderson's value to the Tigers is immense, his noteworthy endeavors away from the field only highlight him and the organization in an even better light. And there's that little fact that if you take a 30-home run hitter out of the lineup with no conceivable replacement waiting in the wings, you've severely downgraded the club for 2010, a bad sign to send to a fanbase that has steadfastly supported this team despite everything else that has occurred. Move Granderson and suddenly ticket sales will take a hit in a big way - people aren't looking to see Magglio Ordonez rip singles around the ballpark, and if that's what they're left with, they'll stay home in 2010. In other words, the Tigers need a real premium package to consider moving Granderson, and that just hasn't materialized yet.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
Gauging acceptable value for Granderson is very difficult, because there are several things to consider. On a pure talent level, Granderson is worth one premium prospect, and probably two second tier guys with impressive ceilings. When you factor in what Granderson brings to the table away from the baseball field, he might just be worth one premium prospect, another 1A type prospect, and a second tier guy. The problem with all of this is that Granderson presents far more value to the Tigers, than he would for many other organizations; meaning its not a matter of Granderson's actual worth on the market, but what he is actually worth to the Tigers. Because the Tigers presently have no viable center field alternatives to Granderson, and because of what he provides the city of Detroit as a role model, citizen, baseball player, and social icon, he carries even more value to this organization than nearly any other player they have; and more than what he might provide to most other organizations. All that said, for the Tigers to actually trade Granderson, they would have to receive two elite level prospects, and one or two second tier guys; if not three elite/premium level guys depending on the position and MLB readiness of the prospects.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
If the Tigers wind up moving Curtis Granderson, it will be for a significant package of players or prospects. What many people are forgetting is that the Tigers aren't obligated to deal Granderson unless they get a deal that satisfies what Dave Dombrowski is looking for. I would guess that if the Tigers did deal Granderson, it would be for players that can fill holes on the major league roster and contribute significantly either this year or next year. I would also believe that whomever the Tigers get back would be blue-chip type players that they could possibly build around as well. Dombrowski is in no position to settle for anything less than what he wants, and if he doesn't get it, Granderson will be back with the Tigers next year. It will be interesting to see how everything unfolds with the Winter Meetings rapidly approaching.
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