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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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