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Detroit Tigers Shedding the Wrong Key Players

Blake VandeBunteContributor IDecember 8, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 06:  Curtis Granderson #28 of the Detroit Tigers scores during the 3rd inning of the American League Tiebreaker game against the Minnesota Twins on October 6, 2009 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It appears that Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson are on their way out of Detroit.  Bummer.

Bummer.

In a deal that apparently has been “agreed upon," the Tigers will send Granderson to the Yankees and Jackson to the Diamondbacks.

The current deal has the Tigers receiving Austin Jackson, Max Scherzer, Phil Coke, and Daniel Schlereth.  If this is true, the Tigers are receiving a pretty decent haul.

Austin Jackson was ranked by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Yankees' organization prior to the 2009 season.  He will be 23 this February.

Scherzer is coming from Arizona and was the No. 4 prospect in their organization prior to the 2008 season.  He hits over 100 mph on the gun and has started and relieved.  The righty will be 26 in July and went 9-11 in 2009 with 174 Ks in 170 innings of work in the bigs.

Coke, coming from the Yankees, was the team’s eighth highest prospect heading into the 2009 season.  Coke is a lefty reliever who posted a 4.50 ERA in 72 relief appearances for the World Champs last season.  He will be 28 in July.

Schlereth was the Diamondbacks' top pick in 2008 and was their No. 3 prospect heading into the 2009 season.  He moved up the minors quickly and played in Arizona last season.  He’s a lefty that works in the mid-90s and will be 24 in May.

All of these guys are coming with cheap price tags.  Coke is probably the only “non-prospect” here.

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I hate to see Granderson and Jackson go (if this goes through, and it appears it will).  This is going to be a really tough sell for the Tigers to put on their fans.  The team was decent last year and now they appear to be blowing it up.

I’m okay with this trade if the Tigers shed their actual dead weight.  Jackson and Granderson would have been two of the team's better players in 2010, but not the most highly paid.

This deal better spell the end of the line in Detroit for at least some of the following players for me to accept this trade: Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen, Brandon Inge, Jeremy Bonderman, Nate Robertson, and Dontrelle Willis.

Good luck with this mess, Detroit front office.