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Detroit Tigers: Why Curtis Granderson is ideal outfield addition this winter

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PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 29: Curtis Granderson #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers signs autographs for fans before the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 29, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 29: Curtis Granderson #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers signs autographs for fans before the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 29, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – AUGUST 30: Curtis Granderson #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on August 30, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – AUGUST 30: Curtis Granderson #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on August 30, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Detroit Tigers fans haven’t seen Curtis Granderson suit up in a Tigers uniform since 2009. That being said, the outfielder would make an ideal addition to the team this winter.

Detroit Tigers executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager Al Avila and the rest of the front office are in need of some veteran additions this offseason.

The Tigers have prospects progressing through the minors to eventually fill needs in the outfield, rotation and bullpen, but those prospects aren’t yet ready to make an impact in the Majors.

Some, like outfielders Christin Stewart and Mike Gerber, could be in Detroit at some point next season.

However, until that happens, the team will need stop-gap candidates to help bridge the gap to the next generation.

One perfect stop-gap candidate set to hit the free agent market is Curtis Granderson.

The former Tiger will reach free agency after helping the Dodgers to a World Series berth in 2017.

Not only would Granderson help put fans in seats during a rebuild, but he’d also be an ideal fit as a veteran leader and power-hitting outfielder.

Here’s why the Detroit Tigers should look into signing outfielder Curtis Granderson to a short-term contract this offseason.

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