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Something wrong with picture in Granderson trade

Posted on: December 8, 2009 7:54 pm

INDIANAPOLIS -- Here's the world in which we live today:

The Detroit Tigers, due to financial pressure, essentially were forced to trade Curtis Granderson to the Yankees in a mega three-team deal Tuesday while keeping Miguel Cabrera.

Now, understanding that they're different players, and Cabrera produces more offense. ...

Granderson was highly popular among Tigers fans, a pillar of the community in Detroit and an incredibly impressive representative for both the Tigers and major league baseball.

He is signed to a five-year, $30.25 million deal through 2013.

Cabrera, on the final weekend of the season with the Tigers fighting to hang onto a shrinking AL Central lead that they would eventually lose, stayed out all night drinking and was picked up by police at 6 a.m. on a Saturday on a domestic dispute call. Cabrera, according to police, had a blood-alcohol level of .26 and police named both Cabrera and his wife as aggressors in the assault.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski picked Cabrera up at the police station early that morning, and the slugger then went hitless in his next two games -- which, as things played out, were Detroit's two most important games of the season.

He is signed to an eight-year, $152.3 million deal through 2015.

The Tigers blew a three-game AL Central lead with four games to play in 2009, and now, as a few bad contracts (Dontrelle Willis, Nate Robertson) and the poor Michigan economy squeeze them, they must cut costs.

Granderson was a beloved figure in Detroit, and now he's gone.

Cabrera, after a spectacularly selfish act that undoubtedly hurt the Tigers as the playoff race culminated, after essentially flipping off die-hard Tigers fans -- many of whom are either struggling to stay employed or already laid off -- remains. Largely because, with his contract, he's virtually untradable.

It's just the way it is. The sports world today, hard at work.



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2010 12:18 pm

Something wrong with picture in Granderson trade

Hey Nick in Detroit, not to bring up old $#@!, but how do you like the trade now? Granderson is hurt and has not been very effective through the first half of the season and Jackson is well, setting the table. I know its early and we have not had a big sample size, but I still beleive The Tigers made out great in that trade.

Since: May 25, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2009 9:39 pm

Something wrong with picture in Granderson trade

i agree 100%. something needs to be done. dont say put money into the team when you aint got it.  competition is good, but some people dont see that.

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2009 3:37 pm

Something wrong with picture in Granderson trade

I am a die hard Tigers fan.  I understand people are mad because they traded Granderson, adding that he is a public figure and well liked.  Being well liked does not get you on base.  Being an outstanding citizen does not prevent you from striking out.  I will miss his glove in center, no doubt. With only a few bats in the lineup we need a lead off hitter that gets on base with walks and base hits......not trying to hit home runs. 

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2009 3:35 pm

Something wrong with picture in Granderson trade

First off, you can't fault the Tigers for Magglio's contract.  The only way that Maggs was ever coming to Detroit in the first place was because the Tigers HAD to offer a crazy deal to get him.

The Tigers had to overpay to get him, and his signing went a long way to turning the Tigers around.

Yes, it would have been nice to dump him when we had the chance, but at the same time the Tigers were supposed to be this hugely competitive offensive force back in 2008.  The next murder's row. Guess what? They didn't. They did not have a true leadoff hitter, and Renteria and Sheffield were too old.

As for the 18 million for Maggs this year:  The Tigers were in a penant race last year and they went right down to the wire playing their best.  If they had won that playoff with Minnesota, we're not having this conversation because the profits from the playoffs would've alleviated some of the financial strain. Maggs WAS hitting in the second half, though not for power.    It was a tough spot, but you can't fault the Tigers for going all out with what they had and trying to win the division.

As for Granderson: He's a great ambassador for baseball, but i think the yankees are in for a surprise. He is NOT a top of the order guy. If anything, he should be batting somewhere in the 3 spot, or more likely the 6-7 spots.   Good pop, but a huge hole in his swing that prevents him from hitting lefties.   Great defensive player, though. He can run them down with the best.

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2009 3:30 pm

Something wrong with picture in Granderson trade

Ok, they trade granderson and your mad at the tigers.  If they keep him, and fail to make the playoffs then your mad at the tigers.  This move was to save money, no doubt.  Great character guys are awesome, don't get me wrong.  But having a lead off hitter who thinks he is a power hitter is not how to build a team.  Although Jackson is awesome, we got someone to replace him who is awesome as well.  I live in AZ and he is the real real.  Besides, Jackson will demand a bank load of cash next year.  Win win.

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2009 2:59 pm

Something wrong with picture in Granderson trade

Believe me I'm totally against what Cabrera did at the end of the season but Miller how can you be off on your statistics like that.  You said he went hitless in the last 2 games but in the play in game against the Twins he hit an important homerun at the time and went 2-5.  Get the facts right if you are going to use them to support your story.

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2009 1:10 pm

Something wrong with picture in Granderson trade

don't hate the yankees because they dump all the money they make back into there team.  there will never be a salary cap because baseball would die with one.  look at where all the money is generated and it's all the big market teams.  the ratings this year with the yankees in the world were far above the year before when you had tampa bay in there.  mlb needs teams like the yankees, dodgers, phillies, red sox to be there in the end so they can make all that money.  it's all about money n they won't do a salary cap just to see the pirates versus the royals in the world series.  just think for all the people that hate the yankees, they still watched them in the world series n thats all mlb cares about and the small market teams have money but dont spend it.

Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2009 12:54 pm

Something wrong with picture in Granderson trade

your absolutely right and base ball needs to do something. Most of these teams are out of it before the first pitch of the season. It reminds me of how Nascar has become as only a few guys on the track have a chance in hell of winning the race. Now with that being said I love this trade for some funny reason I think this is going to be great for the tigers

Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2009 11:34 am

Something wrong with picture in Granderson trade

Who on earth would want Cabrerras TERRRRRRIBLE contract.  Hes untradeable

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2009 11:20 am

Something wrong with picture in Granderson trade

Not to bust your chops, sir, since I think losing Granderson for you guys kinda sucks also, but to give credit where credit is due, 20 of 30 of his HR's were on the road. Since he's now a member of the most pompous organization (with an equally pompous fanbase) I have no choice to wish him ill will. At least you guys got Scherzer out of the deal...

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