Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
The Tigers have already been quite busy in just one day at the Winter Meetings, bringing back Adam Everett, while adding left-hander Brad Thomas and trading Clay Rapada. But obviously those aren't the moves Tigers' fans are focused on, especially given all the rumors that have been floating around, especially about Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson. The Tigers asking price for both is steep, but given the team's need to upgrade, I think at least one gets traded this week, and I'd bet on that player being Jackson. At this point, I think the Tigers asking price for Granderson is just too high for anyone to meet it, and with so many free agents still available on the market, teams don't feel a sense of urgency yet to meet a high asking price. Jackson on the other hand appears to have more realistic expectations, and could well allow the Tigers a bit more wiggle room in free agency that another trade to fill holes might not be necessary. I also think the Tigers will add a player in the Rule 5 draft, most likely an infielder capable of playing around the diamond, in an effort to add talent and competition to the spring training battles that we'll see go on in February and March. So, I expect plenty will happen from the Tigers standpoint this week, but at this point I just don't see any blockbusters materializing.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
Well, at this point, Adam Everett is already back in the fold, clearing up one uncertainty on the 2010 roster. For the rest of the week, the Tigers have lots of things that they could do, but not many I'm sure can actually get done just in this week. Talks surrounding Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson were highly intense on Monday, and speculation is likely to remain rampant throughout the week. The Tigers are asking for the stars in a deal for Granderson -- as they should, and as a result, I don't think any deal gets done this week with Grandy. Jackson on the other hand, is a guy I think gets moved before everyone packs up their suit cases in Indianapolis. The Tigers appear to be committed to selling high on Jackson (smart move I might add), and with so many teams showing interest, this may be their best week to hammer out the details with prospective teams. The other thing I think happens this week, is that the Tigers lose a reliever in the Rule 5 draft; likely one of the Brett Jensen, Luis Marte, Lester Oliveros, or Zach Simons type. There is potential for a grand fireworks display with the Tigers off-season moves this week, but I think we end up seeing more of a small town fireworks display than anything else.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I think by the time it's all said and done, the Tigers will have made several moves. As of Monday, the Tigers had already resigned Adam Everett, sent left-hander Clay Rapada to the Rangers, and signed free agent lefty Brad Thomas while outrighting Zach Simons to Toledo. Rumors of a trade involving Edwin Jackson were swirling, and there were reports that Curtis Granderson was being sought after, so it's very possible that the Tigers could have moved a lot of people by the end of the week. Although Granderson, Jackson, and Miguel Cabrera to some extent have been mentioned in trade rumors for the last several weeks, Dave Dombrowski seems to make a move that not a lot of people would've considered, such as last year's swap of Matt Joyce for Jackson, so it will be interesting to see what happens.
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