How’s this for not standing pat following a 27th World Series championship? USA Today’s Bob Nightengale is reporting the Yankees have acquired CF Curtis Granderson from Detroit, with the Tigers receiving P Phil Coke and OF Austin Jackson from New York, and hurlers Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth from Arizona, while The Snakes receive Tigers starter Edwin Jackson and Yankees P Ian Kennedy. Dave Cameron at Fangraphs is unabashed in his praise for Brian Cashman, calling the 3-team swap, “too good to be true” for the Bombers.
Heading into his age 29 season, Granderson is a legitimate +4 win center fielder signed to a bargain contract for the next four years. I ranked him as the 22nd most valuable asset in terms of trade value in baseball over the summer, and the Yankees are getting him for a variety pack of role players. He instantly makes their team better, giving them a legitimate all-star center fielder who should thrive in Yankee Stadium. For as much as the Yankees have a payroll advantage, they continue to win because Brian Cashman targets the right players. Granderson is a fantastic acquisition for them.
From the Tigers perspective, this deal makes some sense, even though they™re giving up the premier player in the trade. Scherzer is a terrific arm, ranking 44th on my trade value series. He™s a quality pitcher who has five years left of team control, giving the Tigers a frontline starter on the cheap who will be in Detroit for the foreseeable future. Jackson should be a decent player, though not a star, and could hold down center field for the league minimum. Schlereth and Coke strengthen the bullpen.