It doesn't take much to sound the panic button in a fanbase. Just throw a rumor out there that someone's fan favorite could be traded. Specifically, Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson.
There's a many-month-old unfinished article in my folder that was supposed to detail the one player on each team that any baseball fan could cheer for. For the Tigers, Granderson is that player. Beyond his game-saving defense and leadoff power, he's a role model, a champion of social media (his Facebook account routinely requests friendship with his fans, not the other way around) and founded a charity that helps fund Detroit area elementary schools.
Today Joel Sherman of the New York Post said that Granderson "could be had for the right package." There is no better way to stir up shit with a lack of substance. Honestly, the shit-to-substance ratio is up there with the Detroit Lions Super Bowl odds. Anyone "could be had" for the right price:
Yankees GM Brian Cashman: Okay, Dave, I'll send you Jeter, Cano, A-Rod, and ... aw, heck, I'll throw in the statue of Lou Gehrig.
Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski: Deal! Here's Granderson's contract and my aunt's recipe for apple brown betty.
Is there anything in Sherman's report that Cashman and Dombro discussed Granderson? Absolutely not. In fact, Sherman only admits that the two met, and "it is not believed the two did any more than discuss needs and available players." No specifics. No trade offers. And he mentions the fact that the two general managers have been involved in three different trades. I haven't looked this up, but I doubt there are many sets of veteran GMs that haven't done business with each other to this extent. And who is his source? "An NL executive." Secondhand information! It's like getting stock tips from Goodwill.
Given the way Sherman's article is constructed, it really sounds like Granderson is available for trades. This is now enough for people to run with this, speculating he could go to the Cubs. The reasoning? He's from Chicago and ... well, did I mention he's from Chicago?
So let this be a calming directive to Tigers fans: no substance lies in any rumor that Granderson will be involved in a trade. Baseball is a business wherein any player can be dealt at a moment's notice (see: Victor Martinez), so nothing's certain. Could Grandy be dealt this offseason? Maybe. Probably not. I actually don't know. I doubt it. I hope not. Ahh! Curse you, Joel Sherman, for causing me to think about this! Let us merely enjoy the awards reaped by Rick Porcello and Placido Polanco.