This past offseason, Brian Cashman traded away some pretty solid prospects for some pretty solid major leaguers, and the response about the interwebs was fairly bullish on the Yankees’ side of things (not least of all here). Having spent a lot of time on Javy recently, this post will focus on Granderson.
Getting an established slugging centerfielder like Granderson for a group of minor leaguers with good, but not tremendous major league ceilings seemed like an easy deal to make. That response has changed, of late. Curtis Granderson is on the shelf after straining his groin, and hadn’t exactly lit the world on fire before the injury. On the other side of things, Austin Jackson has been one of the game’s great stories of 2010, lighting up the American League to the tune of a .331/.382/.446 line, while playing above average defense at a premium position (2.1 RAR in CF), good for 1.5 WAR so far. That would put him on track to be a 6 WAR player (there were only 13 batters who reached this plateau in 2009)—which would make him a shoe-in for the AL ROY, and might even net him some MVP votes.
To add insult to injury, former 1st round pick Ian Kennedy has also been quite successful in his new digs, putting up a 3.58 ERA, while averaging more than 6 innings per start. On a day which saw the Yankees start Sergio Mitre in place of Javier Vazquez, do you think the Yankees would have use for such a statline?
Given the prevalence of Cashman-bashing regarding this trade, mostly based on Austin Jackson’s crazy start, I figured I’d take a deeper look. Here’s what I found:
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