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Where might these Tigers' core players fit in?

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Jon Paul Morosi

Jon Paul Morosi is a National MLB Writer for FOXSports.com. He previously covered baseball for the Detroit Free Press and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He began his journalism career at the Bay City Times in his native Michigan. Follow him on Twitter.

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The Tigers have had one of the most peculiar offseasons in baseball. It began with a 12-inning loss to Minnesota in the epic American League Central tiebreaker. Detroit was stuck with the memory of a seven-game September lead that faded away, soured further by a night of drinking by star Miguel Cabrera prior to Game 161.
Had they won the division, the Tigers would view 2009 as a successful season. With one more victory, there could have been talk of a worst-to-first turnaround that helped a beleaguered city. Instead, conversation about the team currently revolves around a more rigid budget and economic realities. When the winter meetings open roughly one week from now, Detroit is certain to be one of the most-talked-about clubs. Many within the industry believe Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski is willing to move one or more players from the team's core. Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, center fielder Curtis Granderson and first baseman Miguel Cabrera are candidates. The Tigers are more eager to trade Jackson than Granderson, an official with another club said last week. The extent of Cabrera's availability remains unclear, although Dombrowski would probably welcome the opportunity to divest from the $126 million commitment to Cabrera over the next six years. One National League executive asserted in recent days that the Tigers could receive an enticing prospect package for Cabrera if they were willing to kick in around $5 million per year to help the new team pay his salary. If the Tigers are willing to do that, the field of suitors for Cabrera would expand to include those with more modest spending power. Dombrowski is sure to be presented with a number of intriguing proposals upon his arrival in Indianapolis next week. Here, I've named 10 clubs that the Tigers should engage during their stay at the winter meetings. (Please note that I'm not suggesting the Tigers have already spoken with each of these teams.) The boxes with X's indicate where I believe each player — Jackson, Granderson or Cabrera — would correspond to a trading partner's need. This is my opinion, not necessarily that of the general managers involved.
Where would these Tigers' stars be a good fit?
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The Tigers' system lacks everyday players on the left side of the infield, so perhaps a trade with Detroit will be Brandon Wood's long-awaited route to the majors. The Angels have the young relievers (Kevin Jepsen or Jason Bulger?) and young starters (Trevor Reckling?) to put together a compelling package. Granderson is the most likely target, while the Cabrera scenario is far-fetched.
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The Braves could enter the Cabrera sweepstakes if the Tigers are willing to include cash in the deal. In that event, perhaps Detroit could pry away stud first baseman Freddie Freeman, who reached Class AA this year at 19. Atlanta wants a right-handed bat, so Cabrera makes more sense than Granderson.
 
 
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The Brewers don't have much money to spend but must upgrade their rotation. That makes them a good fit for Jackson, who probably won't earn more than $4 million in 2010. The Tigers could ask for left-handed-hitting third baseman Mat Gamel as the possible successor to Brandon Inge.
 
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Many Cubs fans would surely love for their team to acquire Granderson, a Chicagoland native. Granderson maintains a full schedule of community work in Detroit, so demands on his time would be even greater in his hometown. The Cubs have some intriguing prospects: shortstop Starlin Castro, third baseman Josh Vitters and right-hander Andrew Cashner.
 
 
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With the McCourt divorce clouding their financial future, the Dodgers need to upgrade their rotation at minimal cost. They could offer reliever George Sherrill for Jackson in a swap of similar-salaried players. The Tigers also liked right-handed prospect Ethan Martin before the Dodgers took him with their top pick in 2008.
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The Giants are looking for offense, and they aren't afraid to admit it. Cabrera could offer ample protection for Pablo Sandoval, and Granderson would be a great fit for the expansive outfield. At long last, San Francisco has some young talent to trade. But would Brian Sabean consider moving star pitching prospect Madison Bumgarner to get a big bat?
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While the Mariners and Angels share many of the same needs, Seattle's farm system isn't quite as strong. But the Mariners could offer power arms with big-league experience, such as Brandon Morrow and Mark Lowe, and/or shortstop prospect Carlos Triunfel. Granderson and Jackson are more logical fits than Cabrera.
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The Mets must upgrade their lineup and rotation, which explains why all three players could fit with them. (Do you really think their plans for Daniel Murphy would keep them from going after Cabrera?) The Mets don't have many impact prospects in the upper minors, making the lower-priced Jackson a more realistic target than Granderson or Cabrera.
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Theo Epstein is known for checking into every trade possibility available, and each member of the Tigers' trio would be valuable to his team. Key question: Among right-handed sluggers, would Epstein rather have Cabrera or free agents Jason Bay or Matt Holliday? Granderson, who isn't the same sort of RBI threat, seems to be a less likely option.
 
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The Yankees probably view Granderson as having greater appeal than Jackson, particularly if Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon sign elsewhere. (If Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain can gain footholds in the rotation, then why trade for Jackson?) Center field prospect Austin Jackson would be a natural centerpiece in an offer for Granderson.
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