The Yankees have acquired 28-year old lefty swinging CF Curtis Granderson from the Tigers as part of a huge three team deal. The Yankees traded 24-year old righty starting pitcher Ian Kennedy to the D-Backs who also received 26-year old righty starting pitcher Edwin Jackson from the Tigers. The Tigers acquired 22-year old righty swinging OF Austin Jackson and 27-year old lefty reliever Phil Coke from the Yankees and 25-year old righty starting pitcher Max Scherzer and 23-year old lefty reliever Daniel Schlereth from the D-Backs.
Getting Granderson was huge for the Yankees as his lefty bat should flourish playing half of his games at Yankee Stadium. Granderson played in 160 games for the Tigers last season and he was 157 for 631 (.249 avg, .780 OPS) with 91 runs scored, 30 homers, 71 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Granderson has now played in 674 games in his six years in the majors and he is 702 for 2,579 (.278 avg, .828 OPS) with 435 runs scored, 102 homers, 299 RBIs and 67 stolen bases. His numbers will get a huge bump playing on the All-Star team which is the New York Yankees.
Austin Jackson was the #1 rated prospect in the Yankees’ minor league system coming into last season according to Baseball America. He played in 132 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 151 for 504 (.300 avg, .759 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 4 homers, 65 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. Phil Coke will need to replaced by the Yanks in a trade or free agency as he pitched well for them last season. Coke pitched in 72 games (0 starts) for the Yankees last season and he was 4-3 with 2 saves, a 4.50 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. In two years with the Yanks, Coke pitched in 84 games (0 starts) in which he was 5-3 with 2 saves, a 3.74 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. Ian Kennedy was once one of the brightest prospects in the Yankees’ minor league system but injuries have sidetracked him while Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes passed him up. Kennedy pitched in 1 game (0 starts) for the Yankees last season and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP. Kennedy pitched in 14 games (12 starts) in his career with the Yankees and he was 1-4 with a 6.03 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.
Acquiring Granderson now gives the Yankees leverage in negotiations with Johnny Damon as they can now offer him a take it or leave it offer. I also think the Yankees got a good deal for Granderson anyway as they didn’t give up any of their biggest trade chips in the deal.