Following the 2010 season, Dave Dombrowski sent Curtis Granderson to New York as part of a 3 team trade. In return the Tigers recieved Phil Coke, Max Scherzer and Austin Jackson.
The Granderson trade provided the Tigers with major pieces of the team that has gone to the American League Championship Series for 3 straight years.
Now Curtis Granderson’s original 6 year deal has expired and he will test the free agent market.
So could Curtis Granderson return to the Detroit Tigers as their left fielder? If owner Mike Illitch can fit it into the budget then the answer is yes!
The Grandy man would be a perfect fit for the Detroit Tigers in left field. He can still play defense and his power numbers have increased exponentially since becoming a Yankee.
As a Yankee, Grandy has transformed himself into a middle of the order hitter rather than the leadoff hitter the Tigers were grooming him to be.
It just so happens the Tigers need a 6 hitter with Jhonny Peralta unlikely to return.
If the Tigers were to bring Granderson back to Detroit it would be expensive. Even after an injury shortened 2013 Granderson will likely command a salary in excess of 15 million a season. It may be tough for the Tigers to find that kind of money without trading Max Scherzer or letting Victor Martinez go to free agency.
If the Tigers decide to pursue Granderson they will have competition. The Yankees are still considering giving their outfielder a qualifying offer. Additionally the White Sox and Cubs might offer Granderson the opportunity to play in his hometown.
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