So Long, Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon: Hello, Versatility for NY Yankees
The Seattle Post-Intelligence reports that the Yankees gave up prized prospects Ian Kennedy (pitcher) and Austin Jackson (outfielder) in addition to reliever Phil Coke to get All-Star center fielder Curtis Granderson from Detroit.
The move is part of a three-team deal that includes Arizona. Kennedy is the only Yankee headed to the Diamondbacks. Coke and Jackson will join the Tigers.
Granderson, 28, hit 38 doubles, 23 triples, 23 homers, drove in 74 runs, and stole 26 bases in 2007. That made him the first player in 96 years to have at least 30 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs, and 20 stolen bases.
He has struggled in the two years since then, hitting just .249 last season despite being named to his first All-Star roster. Granderson is also notoriously pitiful against left-handed pitching, batting just .210 for his career. Surely, Yankees' general manager Brian Cashman is hoping for the kind of turnaround in Granderson that a move to New York brought Scott Brosius in 1998 and Nick Swisher in 2009.
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