According to Jon Paul Morosi of the Detroit Free Press, the Tigers had preliminary talks earlier this month with Curtis Granderson’s agent regarding a long-term contract. The Tigers initiated the conversation, but they didn’t discuss length or amount. Must’ve been a short meeting, right?
Morosi suggests the Tigers’ recent model of buying out one year of free agency could result in a deal for Granderson of five or more years. He’s eligible for free agency after the 2011 season.
Granderson, 27 in March, hit .302/.361/.552 for the Tigers in ’07. If he figures out lefties, he’s a superstar. The Fielding Bible’s panel of experts ranked his defense fifth among center fielders.