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Report: Tigers close to trading Edwin Jackson, still shopping Curtis Granderson

Dec 7, 2009, 2:19 PM EDT

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Tigers “are close to trading” Edwin Jackson to an unnamed team and “still hope to trade” Curtis Granderson at some point this week. Previous reports had the Tigers turning down the Mariners’ offer for Jackson that included Brandon Morrow and Shawn Kelley, and rumors have been swirling around Granderson for weeks now.
Interestingly, manager Jim Leyland was asked whether Detroit is having a firesale because of sudden payroll restrictions and replied:

You can stop right there. All they are is rumors. We’ve assured everyone of this: Anyone who thinks the Detroit Tigers are having a fire sale is foolish. Because we’re not. I can assure you of that and I’ll leave it at that. Anything else you have you should direct to the general manager.

Trading away the 26-year-old Jackson and 28-year-old Granderson just months after losing a one-game playoff for the division title would basically be the definition of a firesale. Either the reports are wrong or Leyland may be the one looking foolish.

  1. YANKEES1996 - Dec 7, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Hey Jim, Now that’s the way to sidestep a question. You are trading Edwin Jackson and trying to trade Curtis Granderson…of course it’s FIRESALE what else would it be?

  2. Andrew - Dec 7, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Nightengale has written before about the Tigers needing to trade people because of payroll. He’s mistaken on that just like every other writer who’s gone with that seemingly easy narrative. The Tigers have no payroll concerns as far as 2011 is concerned, as they lose most of their bad contracts after 2010. And teams don’t have fire sales of players that are currently cheap because of a one year salary crunch.

  3. charles weldon - Dec 7, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Get rid of the players that are not performing well.Robertson,Willis@Bonderman they do nothing but cost the club alot of money

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