|Granderson to the Yankees|
Written by Bjoern Hartig (Contact & Archive) on December 09, 2009
Everybody is talking about the first big deal of the offseason. Curtis Granderson to the Yankees, Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy to the Diamondbacks and Max Scherzer, Phil Coke, Daniel Schlereth and Austin Jackson to the Tigers.
Everybody seems to love the deal for the Yankees, but I'm not so sure. Granderson has posted a .780 OPS last year, his defense has apparently slipped and he was just 20 for 26 on the basepath. Don't get me wrong, he is a pretty good player, better than Johnny Damon, but not by much. And giving Austin Jackson away might hurt their chances to get Halladay, if they really want to keep him away from the Red Sox.
I love the deal for the Tigers though. Scherzer is cheaper and possibly even better than Jackson and they get arms for their pen, something they really needed.
For the D'Backs, that trade only makes sense if they are absolutely sure that Kennedy will be 100% after his surgery and this 100% is good enough to pitch in the Majors. So far, Kennedy has a 6.03 ERA in nearly 60 innings. Of course, Kennedy will turn only 25 in a few days, but Arizona has to have a lot of faith in him to justify switching Scherzer with Jackson.