MLB Trade Rumors: 5 Teams That Should Go Hard After Curtis Granderson

Robert KnapelCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: 5 Teams That Should Go Hard After Curtis Granderson

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    During each of the past two seasons, Curtis Granderson has surpassed the 40-home run mark as well as the 100-RBI mark. However, the New York Yankees may be considering trading Granderson, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

    Andrew Marchant of ESPN New York has provided a list of reasons why the Yankees should consider dealing away their star centerfielder.

    Granderson has just one year and $15 million left on his contract, so almost any team would be able to afford him. The Yankees would likely ask for at least one top prospect in any deal involving Granderson.

Texas Rangers

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    The Texas Rangers have been one of the teams that have been interested in Justin Upton this offseason (h/t Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports). However, with the Arizona Diamondbacks wanting a shortstop from the Rangers, a deal seems unlikely.

    If the Rangers don't want to re-sign Josh Hamilton, then they could look to trade for Curtis Granderson. His power would play very well in the Rangers' ballpark, and he could become an exciting piece of their offense. Texas has the prospects that would be needed to acquire Granderson as well.

Cincinnati Reds

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    While the Cincinnati Reds are in the process of trying to re-sign Ryan Ludwick, they need to have a backup plan if they cannot reach a deal with him (h/t Jon Fey of the Cincinnati Enquirer). Curtis Granderson could be a good fit for Cincinnati.

    The Reds could consider using Granderson in center field and then moving Drew Stubbs to left field. Granderson would be another power bat in a lineup that already includes Joey Votto and Jay Bruce.

    By adding Granderson, the Reds would significantly increase their chances of winning the National League.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    One of the biggest needs for the Philadelphia Phillies this offseason is a starting outfielder. Philadelphia has already missed out on B.J. Upton, and other players are starting to come off the market.

    The Phillies could look to the trade market and try to bring in Curtis Granderson. Moving to the National League East could improve Granderson's numbers.

    Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly has said that the Phillies are willing to move Trevor May or Vance Worley in a trade, and either of those players would certainly interest the New York Yankees.

Atlanta Braves

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    Even though the Atlanta Braves have already signed B.J. Upton, they are looking for another outfielder. Mark Bowman of MLB.com has noted that the Braves are interested in the trade market to try to find a left fielder.

    While Curtis Granderson has spent almost all of his career in center field, the Braves could try to move him to left. Adding a bat like Granderson's would really help the Braves challenge the Washington Nationals for the National League East crown.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    While the Arizona Diamondbacks are considering trading two of their own outfielders, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, they still could be an interesting destination for Curtis Granderson.

    The New York Yankees could acquire Granderson's replacement in a deal with the Diamondbacks. New York could try to build a package around Granderson so that it could bring back Justin Upton.

    This would likely also cost the Yankees a top prospect, but if that is what it takes for them to get a deal done, then it would be worth it.