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Looking Long-Term with Curtis Granderson?

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Could Curtis Granderson be the next to receive a long-term contract from the Detroit Tigers? According to Jon Paul Morosi, the team has begun talks with their star center fielder on that very subject. Given that neither years or money were reportedly discussed, however, the negotiations are clearly in the very preliminary stage.

Granderson (soon to be 27 years old) won't become a free agent until after the 2011 season, and will be eligible for salary arbitration after 2008. As Morosi points out, if the Tigers follow their pattern of extending the terms of a contract past a player's initial free agent season, they'd currently be looking at a five-year deal with Granderson.

Where would the two sides start? Maybe with the six-year, $31 million deal Troy Tulowitzki signed with the Colorado Rockies last week.

In other Granderson news, Billfer attended his charity hoops game last night in Auburn Hills and came back with photos. Check out Nate Robertson looking like the second coming of Kurt Rambis.