Smart or Smack: Curtis Granderson

Wow. Who would have thought that the first big deal of the off season would involve the defending champions? According to the NY Post, the Yankees have a agreed upon a three way trade that would send Granderson to the Yankees, Ian Kennedy to the Diamondbacks and Phil Coke and Austin Jackson to the Tigers.

Smart:

  • He is only 29 years old.
  • He has stolen over 65 bases in all of his past four seasons.
  • He hit 30 home runs last season, and with the right field at Yankee Stadium combined with his lefty bat, that is sure to rise.
  • The Yankees, in essence, made a good deal, only giving up one top prospect.
  • He can play a good center field.

Smack:

  • The Yankees have given up their top prospect.
  • Without Coke and Bruney, this bullpen is extremely thin now.
  • Granderson hits .183 against left-handed pitching.
  • He strikes out a lot, leading the league in that category in 2006.

Smart or Smack:
You tell me.
I’m torn on this one. Granderson is a great player who is young and can make a difference at Yankee Stadium. It was a good thing that the Yankees didn’t give up too much. They still have huge prospects waiting to come up, so theres still some hope in that regard. Coke and Kennedy I can live without, but with Bruney gone as well, the Yankees better have a plan for this suddenly thin bullpen. To me, what this really means is that the Yankees have kind of pulled themselves out of the race for Halladay. In the end, as much as I was looking forward to watching Jackson come up and grow, the thought of a second trophy next year is uncomparable. Thats what you have to play for.

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3 comments

  1. yankeeholics

    I am not a fan of this trade either. The Yanks had to give away their top prospect and two capable relievers for Granderson. Granderson only managed .249 last season, so it’s not like he’s an incredible player. Austin Jackson was the next “big thing”…losign the next “big thing” for a .249 hitter? not good. With these kind of players, we could have traded for Halladay…but as u said, Halladay is out of the picture now, and most probably Bay and Holliday aren’t becoming Yankees either. I would much rather have signed Holliday then re-signed Damon and had him bat behind Jeter. Instead, we have lost our top prospect, and the core of our bullpen, for an abve average player.

    The Diamondbacks got a great deal: only had to give away two relievers and they picked up Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy.

    And about the yanks having plenty of young talent: of course they do, they always have, but they never use it. 80% of the time they trade away their young talent for a more established player. This trade is a fine example of that. Austin Jackson did not even get a shot in the majors. And he is already on another team. 😦

    Smack trade for me

  2. thefreak

    This was a smart move. They gave up a “potential” star left fielder that doesn’t hit for power. For all we know, he couldn’ve been a bust in the bigs. Kennedy is not an american league pitcher. He went 0-4 with an era over 30. The year before he did good. But that was in September when he was pitching against everyones JV team. Coke was tough to see go. But we still managed to keep Joba and Hughes.

    With AJax, he was supposed to be the CF of the future. Well all Cashman did was make the future happen today.

    Now if Grandy doesn’t figure out how to hit left handed pitchers, its not going to be pretty………. But it was a move worth making.

    ~Mike
    http://evilempire.mlblogs.com

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