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Posted on: 12-09-2009

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>>caption:  NEW TIGER QUARTET<<


    Just after 4:30pm/ET Wednesday
the anticipated three team trade which
sent CFielder Curtis Granderson and
RHP Edwin Jackson away from Detroit
was formally announced after two full
days of anticipation.
    Looking to get both cheeper and
younger the Tigers sent Granderson
to the New York Yankees and Jackson to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
    Coming to the Tigers is LHanded reliever Phil Coke and OField prospect Austin
Jackson (who's targeted to replace Granderson in CField) from the Yanks and RHP
Max Scherzer (starter) & LHP Daniel Schlereth (short reliever) of the D'Backs.
    RHP Ian Kennedy was final piece of the puzzle, going from New York to Arizona.
    In order to make room on the 40-man winter roster due to the 2-for-4 trade, the
Tigers designated the contracts of RHP Freddy Dolsi and catcher Dusty Ryan for
assignment. Both split time between 3A Toledo and Detroit in 2009.
    Scherzer, 21, has a 9-15 record with a 3.86-ERA in 46 career appearances
and 37 starts over the past two seasons. He has allowed 214-H over 226.1-IP with
240-K. Schlereth is a 20-year-old bullpenner who made his debut in 2009 and went
1-4 with a 5.89-ERA, allowing 15-H in 18.1-IP with 22-K.
    The 22-year old Austin Jackson is the only one of the four new Tigers who has
yet played in the majors. Jackson had an even .300-BA  with four home runs, 65-RBIs
and 24 stolen bases at Class AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre. The 21-year old Coke is another
short-reliever who has a 5-3 career record with a 3.74-ERA in 84-GP. However, almost
a quarter of the basehits he yielded in 2009 (10 of 44) were homers.


TIGERS PREZ/GM DAVE DOMBROWSKI:   "We are thrilled to add four quality players
to the Tigers organization today. We feel this infusion of talent will help our major
league club compete both in 2010 and for many years to come. We want to thank
both Curtis and Edwin for all they have done for the Tigers organization and we wish
them nothing but the best as they join their new clubs."


    Tuesday the Tigers signed 26-year old catcher Robinson Diaz to a minor league
contract with an invitation to spring training. Diaz hit .279 in 41 games with the
Pittsburgh Pirates last season and was added as insurance for the Tiger back-up
catcher's job.
    Toledo Mud Hens 3Bman Mike Hessman signed a minor league deal with the New
York Mets Tuesday. Toledo's all-time career leader in homeruns, Hessman spent all
of 2009 with the Hens after bouncing between Toledo and the Tigers the previous
two seasons.

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