Granderson even-keel amid trade buzz

Granderson even-keel amid trade buzz

DETROIT -- Curtis Granderson has heard plenty of talk about his situation on the trade market, but he's staying out of it.

For now, as his status with the Tigers stands as one of the most intriguing questions in baseball heading into next week's Winter Meetings, Granderson is going about his business as he normally would.

When the question of his trade situation popped up on a media conference call Wednesday with MLB Players Association board members -- who were online to discuss their approval of Michael Weiner as executive director -- Granderson treated it cautiously.

"I'm still wearing the Old English 'D,'" Granderson said on the call, "and getting ready to go to Lakeland for Spring Training. That's the only clarification I have at this point."

In other words, Granderson knows about as much as his fans as to his future. The difference is that fans, friends and family ask him as if he knows.

Granderson has not spoken with Tigers officials since his name publicly hit the trading block a few weeks ago. Barring a deal, it's unlikely he'll be talking with team officials before the Winter Meetings, when trade discussions are expected to reach a fever pitch. The Cubs are expected to make a push for the Chicago native at the Meetings, while the Yankees and Angels have also been linked to Granderson interest in reports.

While Granderson is one of a few Tigers linked to the trade market, his situation is particularly telling. What happens with him, and what kind of return package Detroit receives if he is dealt, will say plenty about the team's situation heading into 2010 and beyond.

While his baseball fate possibly unfolds in Indianapolis, Granderson will have other things going on, such as preparing for next season, wherever he ends up for 2010. At this point, there isn't much he can do. He's under contract for at least three more seasons -- with a team option for a fourth -- and like most players at this stage of his career, he does not have a no-trade clause.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.