December 08, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS — As a former area student might have said, "Boom goes the dynamite!"
Worry not, folks. The 2009 winter meetings were rocked from a deep slumber on Tuesday afternoon upon hearing that the Yankees were able to acquire center fielder and BLS blogger extraordinaire Curtis Granderson(notes) in a resurrected three-way deal with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. In exchange for the 2009 All-Star, the Yankees will reportedly send outfield prospect Austin Jackson(notes) and relief pitcher Phil Coke(notes) to Detroit while oft-injured former first round pick Ian Kennedy(notes) will be sent to the D'Backs.
The thing that strikes me most about this deal is that the Yankees and Tigers needed a third team to get it done and the result was the D'Backs wandering into the fray and coming out the loser. Seriously, it reminds me of the time in high school when a friend of mine wrecked his car after another friend and I talked him into driving us to the mall. (The lesson being that you should never underestimate the power of peer pressure — even at the highest levels of professional baseball.)
As others are now frequently noting, Scherzer has long been tabbed as a future stud pitcher and would have come cheap the next few seasons because he's under team control for five more years. Now Arizona will have to deal with Edwin Jackson's escalating arbitration salaries until he's a free agent after 2011 and must hope that Kennedy stays off the disabled list and fulfills the promise he had when drafted by the Yankees. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic surmises that the D'Backs must have soured on Scherzer somehow or must really see something in Kennedy that others don't.
Meanwhile, Dave Cameron of FanGraphs likes the trade for the Yankees, grading it an A+, mostly because GM Brian Cashman didn't give up any players worthy of having their picture posted above. I, however, think the biggest winner of the trade will end up being the Tigers. GM Dave Dombrowski is under orders to shed payroll, but despite that restriction he still managed to bring hom a decent haul. It'll be tough watching Granderson, a fan favorite, leave Motown, but the expected return from today's deal could help soften that blow.