It never fails.
There is always one deal that makes your jaw hit the floor when it comes across the wire.
Curtis Granderson in pin-stripes. Let that sink in real quick. Does that even sound right? Grandy… a Yankee?
This has to be wrong.
Sadly enough for Detroit Tigers fans, it is not wrong. Tigers fans will – barring some unforeseen happenings – see one of their most beloved Tigers leave Comerica Park and don the stripes of a New York Yankee.
If you are a fan of Curtis Granderson the person, not just the numbers he posted and the plays he made for the Tigers since 2004, then be happy for the man! He is now playing for the defending National Champs!
The Tigers will also deal pitcher Edwin Jackson, who started 33 games for the Tigers this season, to the Diamondbacks who are also playing a hand in the 3-team deal.
For those few die-hard Tiger fans, like myself, today your hearts may be a little broken at the loss of these two players.
On the upside – if there really is one – the Tigers are going to get some more pitching help, acquiring Max Scherzer – a starting pitcher from the Diamondbacks -- as well as Phil Coke, a right-hander from the Yankees. Together, their average ERA is 4.31.
The Tigers will also be acquiring “well-regarded” out-field prospect Austin Jackson.
Even with all these “up-sides” that the Tigers will undoubtedly try to sell to their fans, you can’t replace Granderson in the way he was regarded by fans. He was a lot of peoples’ Tiger.
But as it always goes, we move on. As fans, we are concerned with the right-now. Maybe Jackson will turn out to be the next Alex Avila and break out in the Big Leagues. Time will only tell. So if you are going to be upset about these winter deals, get all out today. Maybe let it carry over to tomorrow if you are really bummed out. But don’t be bitter come this spring.
Root for Curtis and Edwin on their new teams; and support our new Tigers!