The New York Yankees have just landed a deal to receive Detroit Tigers outfielder Curtis Granderson earlier this morning. After winning their 27th World Championship this past November, the organization has wasted no time dealing away heading into 2010. The Yanks sent Ian Kennedy to Arizona, and Phil Coke and Austin Jackson to Detroit. The Tigers in return gave up All-Star pitcher Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks, and Arizona sent young pitchers Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth back over to Detroit. In light of the recent move, free agents Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui are wondering whether or not they’ll be suiting up in pinstripes next season.
“Granderson, of course he’s going to make them better,” said Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon. “He’s a pretty good outfielder. He plays with a lot of energy. He’s the kind of guy that fits into that landscape in New York, where he’s going to thrive within that kind of a situation.”
Veteran pitcher Andy Pettitte is set to rejoin the Yankees, agreeing to a $11.75 million one-year contract. Last season Pettitte became the first pitcher to start and win the clincher in all three playoff rounds. He’s earned five championship rings in total as a New York Yankee. Even though Pettitte will stay comfortable in New York, Yankees Andrew Marchand believes the team is “still on it” in regards to Toronto Blue Jays ace Pitcher Roy Halladay.