The Detroit Tigers may have been one bat or one reliever away from winning the World Series in 2012, and possibly making it again in 2013. However, a stagnant offense and a shoddy bullpen led to a defeat at the hands of the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS this year after a four-game sweep in the World Series against the San Francisco Giants in 2012. Maybe it is time for a bold move.
What more of a bold move could the Tigers make than by signing Curtis Granderson? Granderson was given a qualifying offer by the New York Yankees, but there has not been much attention placed on him since that time. Granderson missed most of last season with freak hand injuries. The former Tigers outfielder knows the organization well and could play all outfield positions to replace Andy Dirks.
Granderson stepped into a power-hitting role in his last season with the Tigers, and he elevated his home runs due to the advantage given to him by the right field porch at Yankee Stadium. He has been a key asset for the Yankees during his time in the Bronx, but due to his injuries last season, the price tag on him will not be as high as it will be with players like Shin-Soo Choo or Jacoby Ellsbury.
Detroit signing Granderson makes sense and if they want to continue to contend in the AL Central, the organization will have to do better than a star-for-star trade.