Yankees Involved in Three Way Trade Rumors

According to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Yankees spent a good amount of time yesterday discussing a three team deal that net them outfielder Curtis Granderson, but would force them to give up outfielder Austin Jackson, right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy, and lefties Phil Coke and Michael Dunn.

curtis-granderson-yankeesThe other two teams in the deal would be Detroit, obviously, and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Tigers would be getting righty Max Scherzer from Arizona, Jackson, Dunn, and Coke from the Yankees. Also, the Diamondbacks would be getting Kennedy from the Yanks and Edwin Jackson from the Tigers. There would also be some undisclosed prospects changing hands with as many as two Arizona prospects coming to the Bronx.

When the day ended talks were said to be at an impasse with little possibility of them resuming. It seems like the Diamondbacks are the only ones who were really interested in making that deal (no shit, they are barely giving up anyone). Joel Sherman of the NY Post reported that the Tigers were never really satisfied with the trade talks and Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman said the Yankees are also wary of giving up so many prospects.

Despite the fact that talks were supposed to be dead last night, the three teams are back at it today according to Morosi. But he added two hours later that chances of a deal are, “not good.”

Most recently Buster Olney of ESPN was giving an on-air update on Sportscenter (sorry, no link) and said that while talks are still on-going they remain doubtful, but said that they are working on different ways to get a deal done. He mentioned that it could be that Edwin Jackson could also be going to the Yankees.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said yesterday that his priorities were, “pitching, pitching, and pitching.” So it seems odd that he would be involved in a deal that be sending away three pitchers (all of whom were expected to be a part of the 2010 Yankees’ bullpen) just a day after trading another bullpen piece in Brian Bruney.

If the deal changes where they are the ones who end up with Edwin Jackson that does change things as it leaves either Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes to pitch out of the pen.

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