Dec
09

It’s official, Granderson’s a Yankee

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Joel Sherman tweets that the three-team deal that will bring Curtis Granderson to New York is now official. All the medicals checked out, and the clubs will have their press conferences soon. Joe will be there, so hopefully we get a decent quote or two.

The depth chart has been updated. Welcome to the Bronx, Curtis.

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130 Comments»

  1. Chat Junkie says:

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

  2. Ansky says:

    Sweet! Your move Johnny.

  3. Mattchu12 says:

    I’m pretty excited about this trade. Not only do I think Granderson will do better this year simply based on a moderate bounce-back from a down year, batting ahead of Teixeira will get him a lot better pitches to hit and Kevin Long should help him with some other kinks in his swing.

  4. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Fun Fact: When I was in 3rd grade, I wanted to change my name to “Curtis”.

  5. Steve H says:

    ESPN has done a great job of replacing Peter Gammons with former Boston Globe writer Gordon Edes. To see where he lies, see this answer on the Granderson trade from his chat today.


    Greg (Brooklyn)
    Are we really supposed to believe that the Tigers were asking for Ellsbury and Buchholz, considering what the Yankees gave up? Seems like the Sox are just trying to conceal their inability to make stuff happen. If the Yankees start spending their money wisely all of a sudden – the Sox are in trouble.
    gordon edes
    (12:10 PM)
    Tigers are getting back pitching and CF in the three-way, so yeah, I believe it.

    • Evil Empire says:

      Not very familiar with Gordon Edes besides a few articles from ESPNBoston he’s written, but I like that answer.

      I didn’t know BoSox claimed they offered Ellsbury and Buccholz for Granderson, that’s obviously a superior offer.

      • Steve H says:

        Here’s what Jim Callis had to say which makes a ton more sense. So if the Sox were interested, and turned down Bucholz and Jacoby, why not counter?

        Re – Granderson trade: would a deal of Josh Reddick or Ryan Kalish plus Michael Bowden plus Dustin Richardson be roughly equivalent to what the Yankees gave up?
        Jim Callis
        (2:31 PM)

        Yeah, roughly equivalent.

        That’s a looooong way from Jacoby and Clay.

      • I thought they claimed that’s what Detroit wanted, not what they offered. It’s the ‘they wanted more from us than they wanted from the Yankees’ defense.

        • Evil Empire says:

          Yeah, I misread that at first, you are obviously correct sir.

          Nonetheless, I do enjoy a good cover up of a missed opportunity.

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE's Milton Bradley Fat Park Factor says:

      I’m not even sure Ajax is a better prospect than Tacoby Pillsbury. TP did steal like 70 bases with an OBP of .355. His fielding was pretty bad with the poor reads off the bat and poor routes he takes, but he has potential to be a really good defensive CF. Ajax may project to have more power than Tacoby with as good or better CF, but he may never develop into anything more than a guy hitting .280/.350/.390.

      Bucholz is way more valuable than Coke+IPK. Way. More. Valuable.

      If the Sox did have Granddaddy on the table for Bucholz and Ellsbury, they shouldn’t take that deal. The equivalent to the deal made for the Sox would be Ryan Kallish or Che-Hsuan Lin, Tazawa, Javier Lopez?

      If the Tigers initially asked for Hughes from the Yanks, they probably made a similar 1st offer to the Red Sox with Clay and Taco. The Yankees chose to negotiate further, the Sox probably didn’t. That’s it.

  6. dkidd says:

    this was a great trade

    granderson is going to go nuts in ys3. nuts!

    now sign damon to dh, cameron to play left, and harden

  7. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    The depth chart has been updated. Welcome to the Bronx, Curtis.

    Jon Weber is the back-up in RF…..I just threw up in my mouth a little.

  8. theyankeewarrior says:

    Why is Andy Pettitte behind Wang, Hughes and Joba on the depth chart?

  9. Brooklyn Ed says:

    Granderson better get a news conference next week since he’s the most awesome nicest guy in the MLB. .

    /sarcasm

    hopefully he do get one though.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Well, everyone is saying this is a blockbuster so I think he will get one. Swish didn’t but his trade wasn’t considered a blockbuster or a trade, just a straight up robbery.

  10. Salty Buggah says:

    Welcome to the New York Yankees, Curtis.

    So, what do we rename the 2nd deck in RF, formerly known as Damon’s deck (but he might leave and didn’t even reach since like end of July or something)?

    Granderson’s Garage (as if he parks one there)
    Granderson’s Garden (as if he plants one there)

    Any suggestions?

  11. larryf says:

    he do get one? Hey-he went to the University of Illinois…for how long I don’t know but Jeter only went to Michigan for a year…

  12. Evil Empire says:

    What’s the over/under on Granderson’s home split SLG in 2010? .550?

    • Steve H says:

      I’ll take the under, I think they’ll work with him to cut down on fly balls a little. Still will have plenty of pop at home though. Maybe they’ll make him do pushups for every popup, Willie Mays Hayes style.

      • Evil Empire says:

        Be nice if he could manage to slash some more singles into the left side of the field. Speed is a big part of his game, nothing wrong with him being more of a table setter. If he could get on base 35% of the time and SLG .500, I’d be really happy.

  13. Jobamania says:

    GOGO press conference on MLBN

  14. Ansky says:

    Cant wait to hear what Sterling comes up with for Grandy’s HR call….wait its a foul ball. Isnt it amazing?

  15. NJY says:

    C’mon now, we all know he;s not officialyl a yankee until Sterling starts droppin a new Homerun call….

  16. Mattchu12 says:

    One thing that I’m wondering, is do we still do the Melky/Gardner thing? Will we see Melky in LF and Granderson in CF, and then Granderson in LF and Gardner in CF?

    Assuming of course that we don’t sign Damon to be the everyday LF. And here is a thought, Melky is pretty decent against LHP. He hit just three less home runs against LHP than he did against RHP, and he did that in almost half of the amount of at-bats. Will we see Granderson sit often against lefties with Melky in center if Damon is the everyday left fielder? Which I know, is unlikely, but still a thought.

    • NJY says:

      Lets not overthink this now.

      • Mattchu12 says:

        Hey, we resigned Andy and got Granderson, what else are we going to do for the rest of the offseason? Laugh at whoever pays Holliday and Bay to their crazy contracts, hey now, that’s not a bad idea…

    • Evil Empire says:

      I bet a lot of that depends on Damon/Cameron. If we get Damon/Cameron, then chances are that Melky is the 4th outfielder and Gardner gets sent down. If the Yankees don’t sign Damon/Cameron, then Melky is the starting LF and Gardner is the 4th outfielder.

      • Mattchu12 says:

        This reminds me of a post I made the other day. Even if we get Johnny, and he is the DH, because lets face, it makes the most sense to make Johnny the DH and use Melky in LF than to use Johnny in LF and use someone like Miranda as the DH, anyways, even if we get Johnny and he is the DH, should we sit Granderson against lefties still? Something like this:

        vs RHP: Damon at DH, Melky in LF, Granderson in CF

        vs LHP: Damon in LF, Melky in CF, LHP Thumper at DH

        It’s something that seems fun to think about. And personally, I’d like to see us sign Hideki Matsui if we can to be a part time player in that regard. Have Matsui DH against LHP like displayed above, but then also use Matsui as the DH with Johnny in LF instead of Melky from time to time. We’re going to give a spot on the bench to an all bat guy anyways, why not Matsui if we can get him for a reasonable price?

        C – Cervelli
        INF/OF – Pena (he is learning the outfield after all, he can be our Jerry Hairston Jr this year)
        OF – Gardner
        PH – Matsui

        Seems pretty reasonable to me. Assuming Matsui takes a reasonable deal, which from what I have heard, isn’t out of the question. The only demand I hear out of his camp is wanting a chance to play the outfield, and since nobody is gunna do that, he might think “why not go back to New York?” since he clearly would rather be here?

        He’d get a fair share of at-bats I’d think. If Johnny plays better defense, we could even move him to LF full-time and use Melky as the fourth outfielder.

        • Evil Empire says:

          I think the Yankees can only afford one of Damon or Matsui based on a salary of $200M or less.

          If you’re signing Johnny Damon, you’re signing him to be your everyday left fielder (which I am OK with). That’s not to say he can’t DH once or twice a week, but Damon wouldn’t be interested in coming back if he was valued as a primary DH – he wants to play his position.

          If Damon comes back, you’ll have a rotating DH basically everyday, and one of Melky/Pena (or Nunez)/Cervelli will sub in.

          If you sign Matsui, you can’t let him be a part time player. He’s your everyday DH. He’ll get at least 500 ABs if he’s healthy.

          I’m not opposed to either signing, but only one or the other works, and Damon makes more sense than Matsui at this point.

          In regards to platooning CG, I would give that man every chance to have success vs. lefties. If he gets real bad you can start platooning him with Melky but you gotta give him a ton of opportunities vs. lefties.

          • Mattchu12 says:

            I agree with everything you’re saying, I know you’d have to drop some salary to fit both of those guys on, I’m just saying I wish we could do that. Matsui would be perfect in that kind role, as he would get a few days off a week and stay fresh and we’d see a lot more of the Matsui we saw after the Inter-League stretch there.

            • Evil Empire says:

              I would bet that if the Yankees could manage to sign Damon to a 2 year deal and Matsui on a 1 year deal, and the their combined 2009 salary was $15M (making total roster salary approx. $205M), they would do that. It would be so worth it, you’d have an above average or superstar player at every position.

              That said, can’t see it happening. I doubt either Matsui (or Nick Johnson, another viable DH candidate) would take a 1/$5M offer.

              • Mattchu12 says:

                I don’t know, if we can get Damon down to nine and then offer Matsui six, I think it could happen. Nobody else is going to offer him a chance to play the outfield, and I’m not sure he is going to be your typical free agent and look to make the most bank. He seems to genuinely care about playing for the New York Yankees, I really hope we can get something done.

                If not, I’ll always remember him as being a class act and a great Yankee.

                • whizkid says:

                  I think there’s a higher chance of Matsui taking a discount than Damon… The Yankees brand carries better than a Royals/Pirates in Japan… Similar to Wang, he can easily make up the difference by shooting 1 or 2 extra commercials back home… Plus, he was the Jeter equivalent in japan, home-grown HR king for the most popular/hated team…..Just show respect, let him save face by having a “open competition” for LF… I think that’s the sticking point, not $$$

  17. Rose says:

    Looks like Harden is no longer an option. Reportedly signed with the Rangers…

    • Rose says:

      What sucks is that Sheets also wants close to what he made in 2008 (which is also the last time he pitched)…which is MORE than Andy Pettitte is making. So there really isn’t many more gamble/”cheap” options…might have to try for Wang or something. This also may have Cashman lean a little more towards a Halladay deal…(I really hope not).

    • Reggie C. says:

      Harden’s guaranteed $7.5 MM + $11.5 option for 2011 (unknown if its club, player, or mutual buyout?).

      I think Sheets is going to land somewhere north of $7.5MM. Is there room in the budget for a $9 MM offer?

      • Reggie C. says:

        HOLD UP.

        MLBTR has posted a contrary report. ESPN radio says the Mariners are close. Hmm…

      • Is there room in the budget for a $9 MM offer?

        Doubt it. Now that Andy’s on board, we’re full and Sheets just becomes a luxury and not a “we have a hole to fill” necessity. He’d only be here if he’s cheap.

        Escobar and J-Douche are still in play, though, methinks.

        • Rose says:

          You think those 2 are more of an option than getting Wang for real cheap? I’ve read that Dusch is looking for a longterm deal as well…

        • Reggie C. says:

          I guess Andy coming on board was never in question, and Sheets always fit that “luxury” tag for the team. It’ll be interesting to see if the rumors on Sheets take off tonight as all teams now have an idea of where to start making offers.

          Sheets signing a low-base, high incentive, 1-year offer sheet is definitely not going to happen now.

          Two things left to be done in the immediate future: Draft smart tomorrow, and sign Delgado to DH.

          • Rose says:

            Two things left to be done in the immediate future: Draft smart tomorrow, and sign Delgado Matsui to DH.

            There, fixed it for you…

            The San Fran Chronicle (while this doesn’t mean anything) was talking about getting Matsui ONLY if they can get him for no more than HALF of what he made last year ($13M). If we can get Matsui to stay for that cheap? You have to jump on it.

            Disclaimer: Just because the San Fran Chronicle said that doesn’t mean that means anything at all…but I was speaking thereafter hypothetically.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

              So, lineup with Matsui:

              Jeter SS
              Granderson CF
              Tex 1b
              A-Rod 3b
              Matsui DH
              Posada C
              Cano 2b
              Swisher RF
              Cabrera LF

              Fucking AWESOME lineup. Just like last year.

              • Mattchu12 says:

                Talking Matsui into a one year $6M dollar deal and Damon into a two year $9 million dollar deal:

                Jeter – SS
                Damon – LF
                Teix – 1B
                A-Rod – 3B
                Matsui – DH
                Posada – C
                Granderson – CF
                Cano – 2B
                Swisher – RF

            • Reggie C. says:

              I’m almost convinced JD is going to sign elsewhere.

              Mats is still very much in the air, and if he was willing to sign at half of 13MM we’d have to/ should do it. Delgado could sign for even lesser money than that, especially if its a shot at winning a WS. I dont know … depends on whether the team wants to tighten the belt.

  18. Is Granderson going to keep #28, or is Joe Girardi really going to switch?

    I thought the switching to #28 was fine, when all he was doing was taking Shelly’s number, because Shelley was not long for this team anyway, whatevs.

    But, #28 is Grandy’s. I’m sure he’ll want it. Joe should acquiesce.

    • Rose says:

      Joe had some decent luck with #27…and it’s only appropriate that he switches to #28. Staying at #27 or switching to some other arbitrary number will just look weird and/or not make sense. I say give the number to Joe. Granny will just pick another number like several traded or signed Yankees have done so before him.

      • Here’s the problem with the Joe Girardi “I’m gonna keep changing my number for every new title we win” concept:

        In 2013, after Joe wins his 5th straight World Series title, he’ll be wearing #31. He can’t switch to #32, it’s already retired for Elston Howard.

        Helloooooooooo, Mexican Standoff. Better off nipping it in the bud and just rocking #27 for the rest of the career.

        The first kiss is the only one that matters; the first million is the hardest to earn.

        Besides, if you keep changing your number, we won’t have anything to retire in Monument Park 25 years from now when you’re the winningest manager in big league history.

    • Evil Empire says:

      I honestly don’t have a preference. If Grandy is like 100% cool with it, then sure, let Girardi have it. I like to think of it as an arrogant, “Fuck you” statement by Joe G to the rest of the league, which I’m all for.

      That said, if Granderson has any objections whatsoever to giving up the number, then fuck it, its not worth the bad first impression.

  19. Guest says:

    Here’s an interesting side fact that might be interesting to only me:

    The Yankees did not have the best record vis a vis integration back in the 1940′s and 50′s; but with the arrival of Granderson, the Yankees will have three of the most well-respected and well liked black players in the Major leagues (Jeter, C.C., and Granderson). At a time when there just aren’t that that many black stars in the game of baseball, this is a nice little feather in the cap for a black Yankee fan like myself.

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