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Three-team deal sending Granderson to Yanks reaches impasse

Dec 7, 2009, 11:06 PM EDT

So, it was the Bombers. is reporting that the Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks have discussed a three-team deal involving Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson, but that talks are at an impasse.
It’s the same sort of scenario we discussed earlier here. The Tigers would send Granderson to the Yankees and Jackson to the Diamondbacks in return for Scherzer from Arizona. Of course, several more pieces would have to change hands as well.
But what pieces? Austin Jackson to Detroit remains an obvious option. The Tigers should be satisfied with a Scherzer/A-Jax return for their two big pieces. But Arizona would have to get something substantial to even up the deal on their end. The Yankees shouldn’t be interested in giving up Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain or Jesus Montero, but just about anyone else in the farm system could be up for grabs in such a scenario.
But I’m still not sure it works. It’s a big downgrade from the top four pieces to any of the Yankees’ other prospects, and I’m not sure any one or two of them would make up for the difference in the values of Scherzer and Jackson. Plus, it only makes sense for the Diamondbacks to give up Scherzer for Jackson if they intend to make a run in 2010. That would seem to make getting Hughes or Chamberlain a must. Could the Diamondbacks throw in a youngster or two themselves in order land Chamberlain? I think it’s doubtful, but it doesn’t sound like talks are dead yet.
According to the report, the Diamondbacks have been the driving force here. If they really want to do something involving Scherzer and Jackson, they should eventually find a third team to make it work. The Cubs and Angels also desire Curtis Granderson, and the Red Sox never let a three-team scenario pass them by without seeing if they can stick their noses in somehow. We’ll be hearing more about this one.
Update – And as I was writing, we were hearing more. has gone on to report that, besides the three major pieces, the Diamondbacks would have gotten Ian Kennedy from the Yankees, the Yankees would have gotten prospects from Arizona and the Tigers would have received Austin Jackson, Phil Coke and Michael Dunn from the Yankees.
This pretty clearly doesn’t work for Arizona. Kennedy’s lost much of his value over the two years, and while he’s still intriguing as a fourth or fifth starter, he doesn’t make up for the difference between Edwin and Scherzer. Oddly enough, tjhough, the Ken Rosenthal/Jon Paul Morosi report indicates that it is one of the other two teams that has rejected the deal.

  1. Pat - Dec 8, 2009 at 1:12 AM

    I am a Tiger fan and I just love my Granderson, I sure don’t want to see him traded. What is Tiger management doing anyway. We already lost Palonko maybe spelled wrong but he was such a good clutch hitter and he is gone, that sucks. I don’t want to see a whole new team I lover the men we have, all outstanding players and indiviuals also.

  2. Tack - Dec 8, 2009 at 5:25 AM

    Trade Granderson and I for one will not go to any more games!

  3. Sportsfan7777 - Dec 8, 2009 at 7:39 AM

    Tigers turned down the Yankees “low ball” offer.
    I don’t see the point of a “3 corner deal”
    here since Edwin Jackson has attracted
    12 solid offers as a separate deal
    and could net 2-3 players just for him.
    Cubs and Angels are a better fit for
    Granderson and will bid much better
    players than the Yanks were offering anyways

  4. Dirck - Dec 8, 2009 at 8:23 AM

    The Tigers should be satisfied with Scherzer and Austin Jackson for Granderson and Edwin Jackson ??????? For me , that one isn’t even close . While E.Jackson are pretty equal in talent , Jackson has at least proved by having one good year that he CAN do it in the big leagues , Scherzer has not . The only plus for Scherzer is that he doesn’t earn as much as Jackson yet . In the other side of that trade , Austin Jackson is an adequate center fielder who has not distinguished himself offensively anywhere in the minors . He has marginal power and has put up mediocre numbers in average . Granderson is a 30 homer per year guy in Detroit , which is not an easy park . Playing in the jet stream to right field that is the new Yankee Stadium , he might hit 40 . Absolutely no contest between these two except that Jackson will earn less .

  5. YANKEES1996 - Dec 8, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    I would not be willing to sell the entire farm system to aquire Granderson and then throw in top notch guys at the Major league level as well. This is especially true as Matt Holliday and Jason Bay are both still out there. There also has been no movement on John Lackey or Roy Halladay. I believe that the Yankees and Cash have learned their lessons about what good pitching can net you (i.e. the 2009 World Series). Andy is only going to pitch one more year and neither Hughes or Chamberlain or Kennedy have taken the starting roles seriously. We need to get either Halladay or Lackey and worry about the outfield later. Granderson is a definite upgrade over Damon and getting him should mark the end of Damon in pinstripes, Matsui should also be gone as his health and age are just too big of an issue to ignore, with that happening the DH spot becomes a revolving door for Jeter, Rodriguez and Posada. The need for a good infield utility man is easily taken care of. Keep your eye on the ball here guys pitching is the answer!!

  6. DiamondDuq - Dec 8, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    The Yankees should be the ones rejecting this trade. They need a defensive centerfielder that hits for average, draws walks, doesn’t strikeout and steals bases to get on ahead of Tex and A-Rod. Granderson doesn’t fit that mold, he hit below .250 and struck out over 140 times while having an OBP of .327, Jeter’s batting average was higher than that. Sure, he hit 30 HR in 2009 but that’s not what the Yankees need to become a more complete team. Jackson may not be the answer in CF for the Yankees but neither is Granderson, especially if they’re giving up more than just Jackson and Kennedy.

  7. XTrust_No1X - Dec 8, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Granderson isn’t worth what the Tigers are asking from them. Hughes and Austin Jackson, what ever they are smoking, I want some! The Tigers can forget about getting Hughes, Joba, Jesus Montero! They are untouchable. But, I’d be willing to throw in Kei Igawa and Kennedy with Jackson, that’s more than fair for Granderson.

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