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The Yankees now get the starting center fielder that they wanted. With the departure of Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui to free agency, this move solves the hole in center field.
Granderson’s bat is a huge asset to the lineup since he is a left-handed hitter, which will be huge advantage with Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right field. Granderson posted a career-high 30 home runs last season, but also hit a career-low .249.
This move essentially puts Granderson and his superb defense in center, with Melky Cabrera most likely moving to right field in order to let the Yankees search free agency for a starting left fielder like Jason Bay or Matt Holliday.
The decision to let go of fireballer Max Scherzer is an interesting move. He will be replaced in the rotation with Edwin Jackson.
Jackson is coming off his best season in the majors with a 13-9 record and 3.62 ERA. The production from Jackson came out of nowhere, seeing as Jackson had struggled in his previous two season with Tampa Bay, posting a 19-26 record and 5.04 ERA.
Arizona also wrestles away prized prospect Ian Kennedy from New York. Kennedy missed almost all of last season after undergoing surgery for an aneurysm under his right armpit . In the minors last season, he posted a 1.59 ERA in 22.2 innings.
The Tigers get a hard-throwing righty in Max Scherzer as well as a bundle of prospects. Scherzer is a young, 25-year-old pitcher with a rocket-powered arm. He started his first full season last year with Arizona, producing a 9-11 record, 4.12 ERA, and 9.19 K/9.
Daniel Schlereth was Arizona’s first round pick in 2008 and put up jaw-dropping numbers in AA and AAA last season with a 0.98 ERA in 27.2 innings with a 13.01 K/9.
Detroit acquired Phil Coke and Austin Jackson from the Yankees’ system. Jackson isn’t major league-ready yet, so he won’t be filling the hole in center field left by Granderson this season.
Unless New York brings back either Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui, then it is clear that the Yankees now have a hole in left field that they need to fill. Jason Bay has been linked in talks to both the Angels and Mariners, so if New York doesn’t sign him, then they will pursue Matt Holliday.
Either way, this was the first shot fired this offseason and now it is time for Boston to answer back.