The New York Yankees have reportedly acquired Curtis Granderson in a 3 team trade involving the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees, and Detroit Tigers.
Yankees get: CF Curtis Granderson (DET)
D’Backs get: RHP Edwin Jackson (DET), RHP Ian Kennedy SP (NYY)
Tigers get: OF Austin Jackson* (NYY), RHP Max Scherzer SP (ARI), LHP Daniel Schlereth (ARI), LHP Phil Coke (NYY)
The headline piece is obviously Curtis Granderson but the other pieces are keys to see how good of a deal this is.
Granderson is good defensive outfielder who can make plays in the outfield and has power in his bat. He can help out the Yankees in the line up at the top of the order. He hit 30 HR’s for the Tigers in 2009.
The Yankees do lose on top outfield prospect Austin Jackson who could develop into a Curtis Granderson type player. He spent last season mainly in Triple-A with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
Ian Kennedy was traded to the D’Backs and has the potential to mold into a decent pitcher. He had injury problems with an arm injury. If he molds into the pitcher he can be, he will be very serviceable for Arizona.
Phil Coke was a good reliever for the Yankees in 2009. He was able to be put in key spots and prevail. Coke is a south paw and has a high ceiling.
What are your thoughts on the trade? I believe this is a good trade for all teams involved and as a Yankees fan, I think Granderson can help out in extraordinary ways in 2010.
Some people think baseball is over after the final out of the World Series, some think it’s done after the victory parade in the winning teams city, and some don’t care.
Across this great nation there is a large group of devoted baseball fans that know baseball is never over.
While I sit here on this Thanksgiving Day I was thinking about how hot the stove was getting.
Here is my 2009-2010 Hot Stove wish list for the New York Yankees. It’s a short one.
1. Bring back Johnny Damon: He has proved that he can still play. He was the best player for the Yankees in the later part of the ALCS vs LA and he was THE most consistent player in the World Series. He was the team’s leader in runs scored at 107. His 2009 season was what fans wanted when he first came to the Bronx.
2. Get Andy Pettitte back. This all relies on whether he wants to pitch again in 2010. Andy was a staple for the rotation. His clutch pitching in the World Series is a must have for this team. I know he is getting older but he has good stuff and he may have one more season left in the tank.
3. Solve the cluster in the outfield. Currently the Yankees have too many outfielders. Xavier Nady, Nick Swisher, Brett Gardner, Melky Cabrera, and maybe Austin Jackson. If they execute wish #1 they will have 6 potential outfielders on the Major League club.