Curtis Granderson to the Yanks in Three Team Blockbuster

December 9th, 2009 by Johnny G | Filed under Baseball, General.


In a deal finalized Wednesday, the World Champion Yankees acquired Curtis Granderson in a three-team deal with the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks. In exchange for Granderson, the Tigers received left handed reliever Phil Coke, the Yankees’ best prospect in Austin Jackson, and Max Scherzer, and Daniel Schlereth from the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks are set to receive Ian Kennedy from the Yankees and Edwin Jackson from the Tigers.

The Detroit Tigers came into this year’s winter meetings clearly attempting to dump some payroll, after being among the most disappointing and highest paid teams for the last several years. Although Granderson is a big name and former all star, at this point he is largely overrated. His platoon splits are almost unimaginable, hitting just .183 against left- handed pitching. The overall strategy at this point is to get younger and cheaper. Max Scherzer has ace potential and has impressive strikeout numbers at a very young age. If Scherzer develops as expected, a 1-2 punch of Verlander and Scherzer could make the Detroit Tigers very dangerous in the future. Austin Jackson was the best prospect in the Yankees farm system and depending on which scouts you speak with, may be a potential all star or a solid regular in the big leagues. Regardless, he is a valuable player to have because he is very close to being ready for a call up, has impressive speed, and hits for a solid amount of power. Daniel Schlereth, son of ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth, was mostly used as a left -handed specialist last season for Arizona, but many scouts feel he could be a future closer. He is cut from the same cloth as Rays closer, J.P. Howell. He has a fringe fastball that hangs around 88-90 mph, but has an extremely effective changeup for a relief pitcher, and a sharp breaking curveball.

The Diamondbacks obviously get the short end of the stick in this deal as they receive Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson. Kennedy was formerly recognized as a solid prospect, partly due to the regular hype issued to all Yankees prospects, and because many in the Yankee organization thought of him as “gutsy”. At this point in his career, any team would be happy to get a 5thstarter out of Ian Kennedy, but even that seems unlikely at this point. Edwin Jackson had an unbelievable first half of the season for the Tigers, but by mid-season his command issues starting to surface, as his stuff alone was not enough to get big league hitters out. The Tigers also played it smart by dealing Jackson before his issues were exposed too badly. If you look at his numbers for last season as a whole, they are still pretty solid but his command issues will prove too much to overcome. At his age, it is also something that is unlikely to be correctable.

Finally, the Yankees received Curtis Granderson, who now solidifies the one weak spot that the Yankees team had, and that is centerfield. Melky Cabrera is not an everyday player and was only serviceable because of the overall strength of the Yankees lineup. Now that Melky will most likely be used as a fourth outfielder, the Yankees lineup gets even more dangerous. As a left-handed hitter with power in the bandbox that is Yankee Stadium, Granderson could conceivably put up 40 homeruns in 2010. His platoon splits will always be a major concern because of his extreme inability to hit left-handed pitching but the overall upgrade both offensively and defensively will improve the Yankees team tremendously.

Overall, this deal makes a lot of sense for both the Yankees and Tigers. Unfortunately I cannot say the same for the Diamondbacks, who were completely robbed in this deal. They gave up a pitcher in Scherzer who is actually better, younger, and cheaper than Edwin Jackson, the pitcher they received in the deal. Ian Kennedy is basically a throw in with almost no value at this point and they gave up their ace in Scherzer, and a potential closer in the future in Schlereth. I think the Tigers got the best end of this deal though, followed by the Yankees who also did well for themselves.

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17 Responses to “Curtis Granderson to the Yanks in Three Team Blockbuster”

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  3. seanfrancissmith says:

    Amazing sitting here watching the Yankees getting richer & richer while RETARD Ruben Amaro trades away Cy Young award winners for crap and gives up a young Drabek who he said was untouchable! Ruben you better pray I do not fall of the wagon and have 15 vodka on the rocks when I see your baseball bat boy faceout in Phlly somewhere!

  4. Eric says:

    Dunno why a trade for a sub .250 hitter with average power is gettin so much pub. Oh wait, it’s cuz its the Yankees

  5. Christian says:

    Did I mention that it turns my stomach every time I hear ‘world champion Yankees’?

  6. Luke says:

    umm….it was a trade. The allure of Yankee millions doesn’t apply. Plus Granderson is only making 5.5 this year.

    • Christian says:

      ummm… did any other teams try to get him? anyone else willing to pay him $5.5 million? The Yankees have deeper pockets than anyone in the league. They can make $5.5 million mistakes and not even blink. I think the allure of their million applies significantly.

      • Zack says:

        Did any other team try and sign Polanco? Or do we only compare contracts of Yankees?

        • Christian says:

          When you have the biggest salary by far in baseball you have a target on your back. Some awfully sensitive Yankees fans. So much for the “tough” New Yorkers.

    • Christian says:

      And also, my comment about it being tough for any player to ‘turn down their millions’ applies to Roger Clemens, Johnny Damon, AJ Burnett, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Mark Texiera… need I go on?

  7. Luke says:

    Granderson hit .183 last year against lefties, and an .202 over the past 3 years. Also Jesus Montero is the number one prospect in the yanks system. Minor details but still.

    • Johnny G says:

      Jesus Montero doesnt have a position. Youre right on the lefty righty splits. 183 is still horrendous though.

      • Zack says:

        Actually it’s catcher, and if you did more reserach you’d see that numerous scouts said he took big steps forward defensively. Instead of just focusing on Yankees and overhype to feed to your audience.

        • Johnny G says:

          If you think Jesus Montero is going to play catcher in the mlb you are dilusional. I did plenty of research. Hes going to have to make a transition to a corner outfield spot. Tremendous bat but a butcher behind the plate. Just like ian kennedy and melky were top prospects. They stink and were overyhyped because they were in the yankees system.

          • Zack says:

            Atleast you’re out in the open with your bias. Jesus was 19 and crushing AA ball before he broke his finger. Scouts who say his defense is improving >>> your open bias opinion just because he is a Yankee.

            I love the fact you can judge a pitcher on 59 big league innings. Melky had an OPS+ of 99 this year, 100 is league average. So being league average means you suck? Or does it mean you are league average?

          • Johnny G says:

            I never said montero cant hit. Hes a tremendous young hitter but he does not have a defensive position. You can quote all the scouts you want saying how much he “improved” but he will not be a catcher in the mlb. Melky is a nice 4th outfielder. I never said he sucked.

  8. Christian says:

    The rich get richer I guess. Tough for any player to turn down the Yankees’ money. The Evil Empire lives on…