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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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DETROIT, MI – AUGUST 20: Curtis Granderson #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers during a MLB game at Comerica Park on August 20, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /

Power

With J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton gone, Ian Kinsler a potential trade chip and Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez coming off seasons plagued by trips to the disabled list, Detroit will be in need of some middle-of-the-order production.

Nicholas Castellanos looks set to hit behind Cabrera, while Jeimer Candelario should also play a part, whether it be hitting second or fifth.

Outside of those two, however, Detroit lacks players capable of driving in runs on a consistent basis.

This is especially true considering Tigers batters logged a .149 ISO in the month of September. Only six teams had a lower collective mark in the month.

That’s where Granderson comes in.

The former Tiger has ISOs of .241 and .228 in the last two seasons. His mark in the category hasn’t dipped below .160 since he left the Motor City.

By comparison, just five players on the current roster, Castellanos, Mikie Mahtook, Kinsler, John Hicks and McCann had an ISO over .160.

Castellanos was the only one of the group to eclipse the .200 mark in 2017.

It also doesn’t hurt that Granderson has mashed 102 home runs since the start of the 2014 season.

Only 13 outfielders and 27 players total have more over that span. The veteran also ranks 24th among outfielders in ISO with a .205 number since Opening Day 2014.

Ideally, the outfielder would hit fifth behind Cabrera and Castellanos and ahead of Candelario.

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