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Come To Think Of It: Curtis Granderson Rumors Should Be Shelved

Bob Warja@@bobwarjaSenior Writer INovember 14, 2009

DETROIT - OCTOBER 1:  Curtis Granderson #28 of the Detroit Tigers looks on from the dugout against the Minnesota Twins during the game on October 1, 2009 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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It has been reported that the Detroit Tigers may be willing to trade center fielder Curtis Granderson. I just hope the Cubs aren't interested.

Sure, the Cubs need a center fielder, so they can trade Milton Bradley and move Kosuke Fukudome (who, if it weren't for the money owed to him would be gone by now) to right field, where he is at least adequate defensively.

But let's stop right there, Cubs fans. Granderson isn't an everyday player. He is a guy who can't hit lefties and would be overpriced as a platoon player.

Phil Rogers, who seldom has a lucid thought, has suggested Carlos Marmol and Starlin Castro as trade bait for local product Granderson. That is simply way too much, even if you think he can somehow turn it around.

Granderson cannot hit lefties. He hit .183/.245/.239 against them last year. While he is a decent (not great) defensive outfielder, his defense does not make up for his lack of offense.

Granderson's .327 OBP is not worth a future star shortstop and a reliever who, when he is not walking people, is unhittable.

Yes, Granderson hit 30 homers. And yes, he is from Blue Island. But I wouldn't give up that much talent for a guy who makes outs just under 70 percent of the time.

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Meanwhile, if they do trade Bradley, the Cubs better get someone to put in center other than the garbage they are likely to obtain in the actual trade. For let's be real here—the Cubs are not likely to get a good player in return if they move Milton.

And you can forget about Tyler Colvin—he may make it as a fourth outfielder, but that's about it.

Hey Detroit, you can keep Curtis—he is not worth trading for, come to think of it.

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