Reports That Yankees, Tigers, Diamondbacks Complete Blockbuster Trade

Harris DeckerSenior Analyst IDecember 8, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 29:  Center fielder Curtis Granderson #28 of the Detroit Tigers hits his second home run of the game in the second inning against the Texas Rangers on July 29, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Early this afternoon, the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks reportedly completed a blockbuster three way deal. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Yankees will receive Curtis Granderson who will without a doubt become the Yankees new center fielder. 

The Diamondbacks will reportedly receive Ian Kennedy from the Yankees and Edwin Jackson from the Tigers. Finally, the Tigers will receive Austin Jackson, a highly touted center field prospect from the Yankees. They will also receive Phil Coke from the Yankees and Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth from the Diamondbacks. 

This trade will give the Tigers the close to the majors outfield prospect that they wanted and will help the Diamondbacks build a solid pitching rotation behind Brandon Webb and Dan Haren. 

From the Yankees perspective, I believe this trade is an interesting move. They have been discussing Austin Jacksons high ceiling for the past two years and believed he was the center fielder of the future. At the same time, Granderson is a great leadoff hitter and an above average center fielder. 

This trade makes sense in a number of different ways. The Tigers will get a lot younger, bringing in a number of young players to fill roles in the next few years. The Diamondbacks will improve their pitching staff and the Yankees will solidify the top of their lineup and outfield defense. 

Here is the breakdown of the trade:

Yankees Receive

  • Curtis Granderson
Diamondbacks Receive
  • Ian Kennedy
  • Edwin Jackson
Tigers Receive
  • Austin Jackson
  • Phil Coke
  • Max Scherzer
  • Daniel Schlereth
According to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the trade is now complete with the medical checkups being the final step in completing the trade.