“And in centerfield for the Yankees, Curtis Granderson”

Curtis Granderson is set to become a Yankees, pending physicals and things of that matter. So, what did the Yankees give up? Well, in this deal they are losing Phil Coke, Ian Kennedy, and most importantly Austin Jackson. This was a three team deal involving the Yankees, Tigers, and Diamondbacks. Let me break this down in an organized manner:

Heading to the Yankees: Curtis Granderson

Heading to the Tigers: Austin Jackson, Phil Coke, Max Scherzer, and Dan Schlereth

Heading to the Diamondbacks: Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson

So is it a good deal? Well, the Yankees are acquiring a pretty good center fielder in Granderson. He is fast, plays good defense, can hit righties pretty well, though lefties have been a different story, but that can change. So overall its clear the Yankees are getting a very good player, but did they give up too much. Well, Phil Coke was pretty expendable especially since he has a knack to give up big homeruns. I feel Ian Kennedy still has a good chance to become a good starter, so so that stings a bit in my opinion, but he was expendable. So those two aren’t huge losses. But, what about Austin Jackson. Going into 2009 Jackson was the Yankees number 1 prospect, and he had a pretty good season, he hit .300 with 65 RBI’s, but what stands out was his drop in power. He only hit 4 home runs in 2009, and this was a cause for concern. Despite the drop in power, Jackson is still considered a pretty good player, who probably would have seen a good amount of playing time in 2010 with the Yankees. But, it is really too early to tell what he will end up to be. Curtis Granderson is more of a guardsmen, and that is why I feel this a good move by the Yankees.

Another thing that makes this move a good deal, is that it gives the Yankees great leverage with Johnny Damon. Right now the Yankees could go into 2010 with Melky in left, Granderson in center, and Swisher in right. And I think that would be a pretty good outfield. So the Yankees don’t really need Damon, which brings his price way down. Now the Yankees can take their focus completely off of Damon, and shift to only foccusing on Andy Pettitte and other pitchers.

However, this deal does represent the end of an era. What era am I talking about you say? Well, I mean the era of silly fans coming up with insane trade proposals that usually went like this “Let’s trade Melky and Ian Kennedy for player X”. Oh well, we still have Melky so we just have to find out who to substitute for Ian Kennedy. Maybe Anthony Claggett?

Game 71: Yankees 8, Braves 4

Tonight the Yankees defeated the Braves by the score of 8 to 4. While it may look like an ordinary win, it was not quite. Through 5 innings the Yankees did not have a single base runner, and it looked like another night of losing to Cy Young. However, the story changed in the 6th inning. Brett Gardner led off the inning with a walk (the Yankees first base runner), then he got called out on a pick off on first. Joe Girardi immediately came out to argue. Gardner was clearly safe as seen on the replays, but from Girardi’s view he probably couldn’t really tell. Still, Girardi gave the first base umpire his money’s worth and was ejected. Seeing the manager ejected always seems to get a team fired up. Anyway, the next batter was Francisco Cervelli who hit a solo home run to tie the game at one (his first career home run). From there on almost everything went the Yankee’s way. They went on to score two more runs in the 6th, one in the 7th, two in the 8th, and then 2 in the 9th.

Girardi Argue

On the pitching side things also went well for the Yanks. Joba Chamberlain went 6.1 innings allowing 3 runs, 2 earned. Phil Coke came in to finish the 7th after Joba got in a bit of trouble. Then Bruney came into the 8th inning and right from the get go he didn’t look right, to me his fastball wasn’t there. Bruney allowed a run and could not finish the 8th after getting 2 outs. Enter sandman who stroke out the first batter he faced to end the 8th. Mo actually batted in the top of the ninth, he came up with the bases loaded and two outs and he actually hit a hard liner to center. In the bottom of the 9th Mo was smoking. He faced three batters, and struck out all three. So for the night Mo faced a total of 4 batters and stuck them all out. Vintage Mariano. So the Yankees won the game 8 to 4.

Side Notes

  • The Yankees held a closed door meeting after last night’s game. Supposedly it was basically a pep talk. Jeter and Teixeira were the two guys to step up and talk during the meeting.
  • Brian Cashman unexpectedly was in Atlanta tonight. He also had a little closed door meeting in Girardi’s office with Nick Swisher and Girardi himself. The original lineup posted tonight had Swisher on the bench and Melky in right field. After that little meeting with Cashman, Swisher was in the lineup and Melky was on the bench. The Yankees did not really comment on the situation, so we’re just left to speculate. All I could think off would be that Cashman and Girardi wanted to let Swisher know what the situation would be once Xavier Nady returns (which should be soon, he actually played right field tonight for Scranton). Maybe they told Swisher that he would become a bench player once Nady comes back. I really don’t know, but I would think there was more to Brian Cashman being with the Yankees on the road than just to tell Swisher something. But you know the Yankees, they are quite secretive.
  • Cody Ransom is back with the team, Angel Berroa was DFA’d.
  • Jose Veras was traded to the Indians for “cash considerations.”