By Jeremy Tiermini
Reports out of MLB’s Winter Meetings indicate that a 3-team trade was just completed between the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, and Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona would acquire starting pitchers Edwin Jackson (from the Tigers) and Ian Kennedy (from the Yankees), the Yankees would get outfielder Curtis Granderson, and the Tigers would receive relief pitcher Daniel Schlereth and starter Max Scherzer from Arizona, and outfielder Austin Jackson and pitchers Phil Coke and Mike Dunn from the Yankees. Here is a quick analysis of the fantasy implications of this trade:
WINNER: Curtis Granderson. He goes to a team that is loaded with offensive weapons and should be candidate for 35 HR and 20 SB at the bottom of the Yankees order. Johnny Damon had improved power production playing in Yankee Stadium, with the short porch in RF; expect the same for Granderson. Much has been made about Granderson’s struggles against lefties, so he could sit 1-2 games per week with the Yankees glut of OF.
LOSERS: Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrera, and Brett Gardner. This move could push Damon out of NYC, unless he settles for a contract that the Yankees are happy with. If Damon goes, so should his HR production without that short porch in right. If Damon does re-sign with the Yanks, then Cabrera and Gardner will lose PT.
WINNERS: Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy. They suddenly move into the weaker-hitting National League and into the NL West…could be a very nice boost in value for both of these pitchers. Jackson should benefit the most because of his strikeout potential, but both of these SP could earn 12-14 wins while lowering their career WHIPs and ERAs.
NO CHANGE: Max Scherzer. While he does move into the American League, Detroit is a pitcher-friendly park. If he can continue his improvement he should win 13-15 games in the AL Central and have 175-200 K’s.