It looks like Monday was a busier day for the Yankees than appeared. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reported a three-way trade with the Tigers and Diamondbacks that would have sent Curtis Granderson to New York and Edwin Jackson to Arizona. Talks, however, reached an impasse. The D-Backs are pushing hard, but the deal “was rejected by at least one of the other two teams.”
Joel Sherman confirmed via Twitter that the Yanks thought the costs were too high, and the Tigers were lukewarm on their returns as well. Although the three-way talks are dead, the Yankees are still very much interested in Granderson, not least because their interest could drive Johnny Damon’s price down.
If (and that’s a big if) the deal had gone through, the Yankees would have lost Ian Kennedy, Mike Dunn, Phil Coke, and Austin Jackson in the trade and gotten back Granderson and “one or two prospects from the Diamondbacks.”
The deal breakers are not Dunn and Coke, because they’re not the ones who were holding up this deal. Nor was Kennedy, either. If the Yanks are indeed the ones stalling, it’s likely over Austin Jackson. He’s still developing, and his lack of power in 2009 is concerning, but he’s still a good prospect, probably the second best in the Yankees system. If that power tool comes around, he could be a very good MLB center fielder.
I can definitely see Granderson a good fit for centerfield, which would be great news for the Yankees. He could instantly replace Johnny Damon in the outfield and in the two-hole.
Getting two prospects back from the Diamondbacks would have helped soften the blow of losing Jackson, but we still don’t know which prospects were under discussion.
More information is probably going to come throughout Tuesday. The quickest way to get information is to follow beat writers through Twitter.