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Angels, Tigers Discuss Granderson Trade
By Tim Dierkes [November 13 at 9:38am CST]
The Angels and Tigers have discussed a trade for center fielder Curtis Granderson, according to Ken Davidoff of Newsday. Davidoff says the Halos would use Granderson in left field and either shift Juan Rivera to DH or trade him. In my opinion, the Angels could fill several needs cheaply for the Tigers with players such as Mike Napoli and Brandon Wood. Davidoff adds that the Yankees "think very highly" of Granderson and the Cubs are "expected to inquire."
Granderson, 29 in March, hit .249/.327/.453 in 710 plate appearances this year. His defense is at least respectable. His contract is reasonable - $25.75MM guaranteed over the next three years. ESPN's Keith Law, however, considers Granderson a platoon player given his inability to hit lefties.
If we trade Grandy, we lose a ton of speed, a damn good CF, and a good #5 hitter. Granted, he can't hit lefties to save his life, but they need to dump him if they can get a seriously good trade. Don't simply dump him and get Napoli and Wood. That'd be a poor trade. Who would replace Grandy in CF? Ramirez? Wells? We have no proven players to take Grandy's spot. Plus, Grandy is a fan fave...like Inge.
Want to help lessen the KO casualty that is Grandy? Don't trade for Napoli of all players - K'd 103 times in 382 ABs, plus has no speed. Napoli is a solid catcher with a solid bat, but a high KO ratio.
Wood? He stinks. I thought this was about getting players that can HIT? I'd rather get Everett for another year and look for a SS next year when we have money to spend.
I'd rather have Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar for Grandy. At least they can hit.