The Yankees were on a mission to get Detroit Tigers star outfielder Curtis Granderson when team officials arrived in Indianapolis for the annual General Managers meetings and get him they did.
In a blockbuster trade, the New York Yankees have received Curtis Granderson in a three-way megatrade earlier this week.
The Yankees gave up starter Ian Kennedy to the Diamondbacks and top prospect outfielder Austin Jackson and reliever Phil Coke to the Tigers. The Tigers traded Granderson to the Yankees and starter Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks traded starting pitcher Max Scherzer and pitching prospect Daniel Schlereth to the Tigers.
Granderson, who batted just .249 last year with 30 home runs and only 71 RBIs, will replace Melky Cabrera as the Yankees’ starting outfielder.
Granderson has always been pretty overrated having hit over .280 just once in his five year career and has had more than 23 home runs just once. He is a solid base stealer but also records a lot of strikeouts.
When you look at the trade, the Yankees seem to have given up too much in this move.
Although he has been pretty disappointing, pitching prospect Ian Kennedy still has a lot of potential. Austin Jackson is one of the Yankees’ top and most cherished outfield prospect. Phil Coke developed into one of the Yankees’ most reliable relievers during the season.
Although the media focused on the Granderson move, the real diamonds in the rough in this trade are Edwin Jackson who has been very solid the last two years and Max Scherzer who has emerged as a terrific up and coming starter.