This was one of the biggest story lines of the offseason and was easily the talk of the town for a week afterward. Curtis Granderson was sent to the Yankees and Edwin Jackson sent to Arizona. In return the Tigers received outfielder Austin Jackson, pitchers Max Scherzer, Daniel Schlereth and Phil Coke.
In giving up Jackson, the Tigers did not have to give him a raise through arbitration for half a season of effective work. He faltered down the stretch in 2009 and there were concerns about his long-term effectiveness and durability.
Granderson was a big blow to the community. So long to a fan favorite, icon, and community leader.
The return on the trade looks pretty good. Scherzer has great stuff and has continued to strike out more than a batter per inning since debuting in 2008. He has yet to reach arbitration and is a candidate to be locked up long term. Arizona had concerns about his durability.
Austin Jackson looks to be the opening day center fielder and is still but a prospect.
Phil Coke is a decent reliever who could be converted to starting this spring. Schlereth has high upside.