Add Angels to Granderson suitors

Trade interest in Curtis Granderson is expected to draw teams that already have an established center fielder. That group is now believed to include the Angels.

The Angels have talked with the Tigers about a Granderson trade, according to a report in New York’s Newsday, with the enticement of slotting in Granderson as a corner outfielder alongside Gold Glove center fielder Torii Hunter and adding a left-handed bat to a lineup that had a lot of right-handed hitters in the middle of the order this past season.

Angels general manager Tony Reagins declined comment to Newsday, much like Tigers officials have been quiet on the Granderson front this week.

Granderson is a friend of Hunter dating back to their days as AL Central rivals in Minnesota, and while Granderson loves center field, he understandably has a lot of respect for Hunter as one of the greats at the position. Granderson has also talked about how much he enjoys Angel Stadium, and the way the stadium plays.

It probably helps that the Angels have seen some of Granderson’s best performances. He’s a .353 (30-for-85) career hitter at Angel Stadium, and his eight home runs in 21 games there are as many as he has hit anywhere other than Detroit.

The Angels have position prospects that could entice the Tigers, including outfielder Chris Pettit. They also have some level of bullpen depth that could provide Detroit with some late-inning help.

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No trades! Why? Because some of the players had off years? Maybe we could trade for a younger manager who was not making as much money and knew how to use his players!

My problem with all this Granderson talk is that I’m a firm believer in building teams up the middle. Granderson is our only long term solution at any of those four positions. Moviing him just creates another hole at a premium postion. I hate the idea of not having him in 2011 after all the dead weight falls off the payroll.
Jackson is another matter, due to the Boras factor. I don’t see Boras agreeing to a deal next year after Mags doesn’t get his plate appearances. (Can someone drill him in spring training and put him out for the first month?). We should be able to get a nice package for Jackson, hopefully one better than the Weaver trade.
These bad contracts are killing us. Unfortunately, our best hope is for people to actually play up to their contract or find someone to take them off our hands.
My hope is that we’ll move Laird, give Santiago a crack at the shortstop job, straighten out Galarraga, light a fire under Zoom, and sign Lyon to an incentive-laden deal. We have a huge advantage being in the AL Central. Hopefully we can make the necessary changes to take advantage of it.

HEY IF U WANT INFIELD HELP AND SPEEDY OUTFIELDERS IN A TRADE FOR GRANDERSON THE BRAVES CAN BE EXCELLENT SUITORS FOR A TRADE FOR CURTIS. BRAVES CAN GIVE U KELLY JOHNSON JORDAN SCHAFER BRANDON JONES AND DIORY HERANDEZ.

i love it when ‘fans’ of baseball want a player to be hurt in spring training because of contract issues. real classy dude. real classy.
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grow up a little…
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mike

This is an apology to anyone I offended by my comment about Mags getting hurt. It was meant tongue in cheek, specifically about his contract hindering the hopes of the Tigers to do other thing. Mags earned the right to be in this postion . I wish him no ill will. I don’t want to see him hurt, I just wish his bad contract would go away ASAP.

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