If you haven’t heard by now, you must be living in a hot mechanical Rhino and can’t get out. The Tigers have traded RHP Edwin Jackson and CF Curtis Granderson. Jackson goes to the Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Max Scherzer and LHP Daniel Schlereth (son of NFL analyst on ESPN). Granderson goes to the Yankees in exchange for prospects OF Austin Jackson and RHP Phil Coke. So the Tigers get four solid prospects for two of their better players.
Was it a good trade?
The cop out answer would be, “if it pans out.” The overly emotional, more attached to Granderson’s personality and not the baseball player response would be, “awful trade.” To me, though, this was a very smart baseball trade.
Let’s think about it.
Max Scherzer is a stud waiting in the wings. He’s a former number one draft pick (11th overall) who dominated his way through the Minor Leagues. Scherzer has a higher ceiling (we’ve talked about Jackson’s consistent 2nd half problems) and he’s also a year younger. Some even think he had the better 2009 season, which if true, would mean advantage Detroit. Also very important to note is that Jackson has already thrown 1226 innings in pro ball, while Scherzer has only pitched in 390.2. Then you have Schlereth thrown in on top.
As for the Granderson trade, it’s definitely tougher to swallow. He’s been in the Tigers system from the start and appears to be an upstanding person for all we know. Any time you put your heart and soul into cheering for a guy for seven years, there’s going to be a certain degree of attachment, or loyalty, involved. Granderson created a lot of highlights over the years that nobody will forget. However, there are also several memories of Granderson that I wish did not exist. For example, the sinking feeling I got in my stomach whenever I saw him walking to the plate with a lefty on the mound. Coincidentally, the LHP we received from the Yankees, Phil Coke, faced Granderson in his big league debut and struck him out. Granderson’s splits create a strong argument that he shouldn’t even be a full time starter. At this point in his career, the Tigers felt it was necessary to make a decision on him and they must have felt that he wasn’t going to improve against lefties. They sold high on him and as a result, they get two touted prospects and save a decent amount of money over the next four years.
And that brings me to the business side of this. Detroit is clearly in trouble financially, with all the bad contracts DD has made over the years and with the economy. The Tigers, in order to stay competitive, needed to make what might be an unpopular deal with the fans, but a creative one, both in terms of talent and economics. Of course, nobody is going to trade for the older, underperforming, bad contracts on the Tigers. Everyone wanted EJax and Curtis, so that’s unfortunately, what DD had to work with. But look at how it’s going to pay off:
But the savings will become greater with each year.
This was also with that…
Schlereth is a huge add for the Tigers. He has a big fastball, two breaking balls and an aggressive approach. He’ll probably blow his arm out again at some point, but between now and then he’ll provide good work in leveraged situations for the Tigers — and Leyland generally gets good work from his relievers.”
On top of shedding payroll, GM Dave Dombrowski added two premium arms and shored up his bullpen for the foreseeable future, all while getting their innings for a fraction of what it would have cost them to go out on the market to sign Jose Valverde or Mike Gonzalez.
Jonah Keri thinks the Yankees came out the winners and that Arizona finished 12th in the three team deal:
Grandy’s contract = huge bargain, so Yanks get edge over DET. Of the 3 teams in the deal, AZ finished 12th.
The only logical explanation for the #DBacks at this point is that Max Scherzer has been diagnosed with leprosy. I give AZ a grade of Z-. Shame #Rays didn’t know about AZ’s EJax fetish yr ago. Could’ve asked for Justin Upton, the Arizona Cardinals + Pizzeria Bianco
GM Dave Dombrowski is under orders to shed payroll, but despite that restriction he still managed to bring hom a decent haul. It’ll be tough watching Granderson, a fan favorite, leave Motown, but the expected return from today’s deal could help soften that blow.
MLIVE seems to be along the “it could be good” line of thinking: