Reaction To The Granderson Trade

Lots of opinions floating around the blogosphere.

Greg Fertel (gets the prize for best write-up and analysis of the night):

Granderson looks tuned for a big improvement a la Nick Swisher in 2010. From the Yankees’ perspective, how could you not like this move? They added a 29-year-old center fielder with plus defense and power who is only making $25 million over the next three seasons. Put his bat and the new Yankee Stadium together, and we could be in for some gaudy numbers.

Rob Neyer:

    A+ for the Yankees, who continue to show that they know what they’re doing. Not a bad deal for Detroit, who needed to save some cash. But man, I’m sorry for D’Backs fans, who just saw their team screw up.
David Cameron: (Fangraphs)
From the Yankees perspective, this deal is almost too good to be true. Heading into his age 29 season, Granderson is a legitimate +4 win center fielder signed to a bargain contract for the next four years.
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After Granderson, What Happens in LF and at DH?

With the Yankees apparently closing in on a deal to acquire All-Star center fielder Curtis Granderson from the Tigers, the question becomes: What will the Yankees do next to complete their outfield. As I see it, they have 4 realistic options.

1) Sign Mike Cameron to play LF, have Melky move to right, and have Swisher DH. When the DH is needed for Posada or one of the infielders, move Swisher to right and put Melky on the bench. This would be a much better defensive team than last year and would have a lot more roster flexibility, but would lose some offense going from Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui to Granderson and Cameron. They would also get a ton of strikeouts from that outfield. In this scenario, it might make sense to bring in Xavier Nady or Reed Johnson to rotate with Melky and spell Granderson against the very toughest lefties.

2) Sign Damon to DH and have Melky in LF.… Click here to read the rest

Update: Yankees Acquire Granderson

UPDATE: (2:00 PM) (EJ)MLB Trade Rumors has it. The Yankees will acquire Granderson for Ian Kennedy, Austin Jackson, and Phil Coke, pending a medical check. Full reactions later tonight.

UPDATE (12:06 pm) — From both Jon Heyman and Mark Feinsand, we’re hearing that the deal could still occur. Feinsand claims that the Tigers might be “caving on its price for Granderson,” and then states that the Yankees could find themselves in a position where one of their three pitchers rumored in the deal — Ian Kennedy, Michael Dunn, Phil Coke — would be downgraded. He speculates that Dunn would be the likeliest Yankee left out of the package (they would replace him with a lesser player).

11:58 am — In his latest, Buster Olney (ESPN) provides us with a quick update on the rumored three-way trade between the Tigers, Yankees, and the Diamondbacks which would send “Curtis Granderson to the Yanks, along with a prospect or two from the D’Backs.… Click here to read the rest

Baseball’s worst contracts

Kevin Brown became the first Major League Baseball player to get paid more than $100 million. Mostly a greedy jerk, Brown is also something of a pioneer. He paved the way for every God-awful, untradeable, “what were they thinking!” mega-contract MLB general managers have handed out since. As Jason Bay, Matt Holiday and John Lackey wait with bated breath to add their names to the list of players who got theirs, and in the process crippled a franchise, lets take a moment to reflect on baseball’s worst contracts.

There are two rules to this game. First, the contract needs to be reasonably current. This is neither the time nor place to rant about Mo Vaughn. Second, the contract has to be eye-popping. By all accounts J.D. Drew’s $70 million dollar deal is bad, but it would only make this list if the Red Sox had given him two more years and another $30 million.

Contracts are evaluated with the following criteria:

1) The player’s age at the time of the deal is crucial.… Click here to read the rest

Most Valueable Network closes its doors

The Most Valuable Network is shutting down.

I remember being recruited by MVN in late 2006. The three River Ave Blues guys had just departed for their new site, and the network needed someone to cover the Yankee minor league system.

Three months later, they had hooked me up with a press pass for the Trenton Thunder, and I had already written a set of 30 prospect profiles for the Yankees prospects. We organized a 30-writer 1st round mock draft, and at one point had almost filled 30 major league and 30 minor league blogs, to make sure that every baseball team was covered.

I remember how Pending Pinstripes and The Bronx Block spent about a year and a half trying to best each other in the monthly MVN page rankings (Pending Pinstripes always won). I remember recruiting Eric, Moshe, and others to fill spots that opened on the blogs. There were a lot of good times.

Rest in peace, MVN.… Click here to read the rest

The problem with Twitter and how to solve one problem

For those who are Tweeting rumors and speculation, you must self-monitor your information with a 1-10 ratings scale. This is very easy. Begin every Tweet with a RR (rumor rank) and a number. A “RR-10” is a confirmed deal. A “RR-5” is a legit rumor that has a chance of coming to fruition. A “RR-1” is equivalent to lobbytalk.

This isn’t difficult and it will give everyone an idea of the level of believable information the Tweet is based upon.

At least self-rate your Tweets so we know what’s close to the truth and what’s a wee bit further from it, ok?

Thanks. Oh, and have a read of this, too:

Newspaper reporters like to’say bloggers, like me, have no standards. The thing is, I’m just being me. I don’t claim to have standards, or a degree. I make my living in a meritocracy, where if people do not like what I write, or do not believe what I say, they’ll stop reading.Click here to read the rest