Andy Pettitte was huge for the Yankees last year becoming a dominant pitcher later and later into the season. He posted a 14-8 record with a 4.16 ERA in the regular season. Pettitte was dominant in the postseason for New York also. He was 4-0 in 5 postseason starts. He clinched the ALDS, ALCS, and the World Series against familiar-foe Pedro Martinez in New York.
This move is great. The first three spots in the starting rotation will be a bit easier to fill out now.
There were other moves than the big 3-team trade that sent Curtis Granderson to New York and Edwin Jackson to Arizona.
Brad Penny signed a one-year, $7.5 million contract with St. Louis
Chone Figgins signed a four-year, $36 million contract with Seattle
There were some rumors going around also.
The Cubs are shopping Milton Bradley
San Diego’s Kevin Kouzmanoff is drawing interest from other teams
Atlanta’s Rafael Soriano is available
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.