Report: Tigers listening to offers for Granderson

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As a career .272/.344/.484 hitter with a good glove in center field Curtis Granderson is one of the better all-around players in the league. He’s also just 28 years old and under team control through 2013 at around $9 million per season.
All of that would seemingly make him a long-term building block in Detroit, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that “the Tigers have let teams know that Granderson could be had for the right package.”
Sherman naturally focuses on the Yankees’ potential interest, but any number of teams would likely line up for a shot at a 28-year-old who’s been worth an average of about 50 runs more than a replacement-level center fielder during the past four seasons.
Toss in various rumors about the Tigers shopping Edwin Jackson and it’s pretty clear that general manager Dave Dombrowski is suddenly working under some very tight payroll constraints. Not only did Detroit give Magglio Ordonez enough playing time down the stretch to trigger his $18 million for next season, the Tigers still have over $30 million committed to Dontrelle Willis, Jeremy Bonderman, and Nate Robertson.

Arizona Diamondbacks, Tony La Russa part ways

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The Arizona Diamondbacks just announced that they are parting ways with Tony La Russa at the end of the month.

La Russa served as the club’s “Chief Baseball Officer” from 2015-16. For the last year he was styled “Chief Baseball Analyst.” That’s a nice way to saying that he was pushed aside when the club fired his hand-picked general manager Dave Stewart and brought in Mike Hazen to run the club a year ago. La Russa was stripped of his powers, but was told he could hang around as an advisor. Most didn’t think he’d actually take the club up on that offer, but he did. By all accounts he was a pretty unobtrusive presence around the team this year, offering counsel and insight when asked but not making things awkward the way having the old boss around might do.

I suppose that can only last so long, however. The Dbacks had considerably more success without La Russa in charge in 2017 than they had with him in charge the previous couple of years. At some point you just part ways. That point is now.