Yankees, Tigers, Diamondbacks Three-Way Deal Complete
Detroit would get right-hander Max Scherzer (described by one scout as having No. 2 starter potential if he can throw strikes) from Arizona and center-field prospect Austin Jackson from New York.
Other pieces in the deal are right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy (Yankees to D-Backs), left-handed pitcher Daniel Schlereth (D-Backs to Tigers) and left-handed pitcher Phil Coke (Yankees to Tigers).
An executive from a fourth team called it a "nice haul for Detroit." All four acquisitions could conceivably made the Tigers' Opening-Day roster.
Granderson, who turns 29 in March, has three years and $25.75 million left on his contract, with a team option for 2013. He hit .249 with a .780 OPS in 2009, but in 2007 had a .913 OPS. He's had a lot of trouble hitting left-handed pitching, though, as he had a .484 OPS against lefties in 2009.
Edwin Jackson is eligible for arbitration, stands to make upwards of $4 million in 2010 and can become a free agent after the 2011 season. He's coming off a breakout season where he went 13-9 with a 3.62 ERA and made his first All-Star team. He's still only 26 years old and should benefit by going from the American League to the NL West.
Scherzer, 25, was 9-11 with a 4.12 ERA for Arizona, which drafted him in the first round in 2006. He struck out 174 batters in 170 1/3 innings, but control has been an issue at times. Arizona seemingly had concerns about command and health problems arising from Scherzer's violent delivery.
Austin Jackson, who turns 23 in March, hit .300 in Triple-A this year with 24 stolen bases in 28 attempts. He would be a candidate to immediately step in and replace Granderson in center for Detroit. An executive said Jackson has the potential to show down the line the same power/speed combination as Granderson.
Kennedy was once one of the Yankees' most prized prospects, but he's battled injury. He has won only one of his 12 big league starts, but is 19-6 with a 1.95 ERA in his minor league career. He will turn 25 this month.
Schlereth, the 23-year-old son of NFL analyst Mark Schlereth, just finished his rookie year in Arizona. He went 1-4 with a 5.89 ERA in 18 1/3 innings. He's a power pitcher with high strikeout potential. He needs to work on control, though, as he struck out 22 batters but walked 15. He projects as a left-handed set-up man.
Coke, 27, appeared in 72 games for the World Champion Yankees last season. He sported a 4.50 ERA and was a valuable member of the bullpen during the postseason.