Grand-Acquisition: Yankees trade for Tigers' Granderson in 3 team deal

Chris GrippiContributor IDecember 16, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 24:  Curtis Granderson #28 of the Detroit Tigers bats against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on August 24, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Yankees are at it again.  Just when we couldn't imagine them getting better-they did.  As a Yankees fan I love the move for Granderson.  Great clubhouse guy, defensive upgrade, speed, power...all things that will mesh nicely in the Bronx this summer.  So, what's the downside?  Giving up Phil Coke.  Not great in the postseason, but overall his left arm was pretty consistent throughout the year.  However, Damaso Marte was on fire during the playoffs.  As much as the Yankees, or any team for that matter, would love two quality lefties out of the bullpen, they can get by with one.  Giving up Austin Jackson is another downside.  Reports indicate that he was a great guy who also has the speed and power to go along with it.  However, prospects are prospects for a reason.  You never know how they will pan out in the big leagues.  Granderson comes at a very reasonable price considering his success.  He will be 29 on opening day, and is a proven major leaguer.  Yankee opponents, please do not complain about this.  Don't say, "Here go the Yankees again, paying their way to a championship."  Blame the Tigers for trading their center fielder, not the Yankees for taking him.  And remember, the Yankees have some major contracts (Nady, Damon, Matsui) coming off the books.  Even if they bring one of them back, it will be at a discounted price.  Granderson will be a nice addition to the outfield and the move allows the Yankees to focus their attention on starting pitching.