Fox Sports reported last night that the Tigers were working on a three way block buster trade with the Yankees and Diamondbacks which apparently would have sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees and Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks. Nobody ever knows the real details of these negotiations but it was rumored that the Tigers would get starting pitcher Max Scherzer from the Diamondbacks, and outfielder Austin Jackson and pitchers Phil Coke and Mike Dunn from the Yankees.
The Yankees and Tigers reportedly nixed the deal and it's unknown whether they will continue talking. If the rumor is true, then it would have been a bad trade for the Tigers. Scherzer is a 25 year old right-hander with as much upside as Edwin Jackson (some say more) and an impressive 9.2 strikeouts per inning last year. He would also be under team control for five more years as opposed to two for Jackson. Austin Jackson is a very good center field prospect with the potential to be like Granderson in a couple of years but he's far from a sure thing.
The bad part of the deal is Coke and Dunn, two middle relievers who are really just throw-ins in a deal like this. The Tigers would need more than that. It's rumored that they wanted top Yankees pitching prospect Phil Hughes, who had a 3.03 ERA and 96 k in 86 innings as a starter and reliever last year.
There's really no sense in trading Granderson and Jackson unless they get an offer they can't refuse. Prospects are fun to think about but most of them, even very good ones, don't live up to their billing. Unless, the Tigers get the types of elite prospects they want they are likely not going to make a deal. At least , I hope that's the way they are thinking.