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Scherzer Traded to Tigers, RoadRunners Front Office Pissed

As per multiple sources, the Arizona Diamondbacks have traded RoadRunner Max Scherzer, along with reliever Daniel Schlereth (the D-Backs No. 1 draft pick in 2008) to the Detroit Tigers in a three-team trade. Here’s the breakdown:

Arizona Receives:

  • Tigers P Edwin Jackson
  • Yankees P Ian Kennedy

Detroit Receives:

  • Arizona SP Max Scherzer
  • Arizona RP Daniel Schlereth
  • Yankees OF Austin Jackson
  • Yankees P Phil Coke

New York Yankees Receive:

  • Detroit CF Curtis Granderson

This is all per Sports Illustrated’s John Heyman. Nothing will be official until all teams involved are finished reviewing medical records.

Update: Jon Paul Morosi of reports that the Yankees have acquired OF Curtis Granderson as part of a three-team deal with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The Yanks did really well here, snagging Granderson for Ian Kennedy, Austin Jackson, Phil Coke. As part of the three-way deal, Detroit will receive Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth from Arizona and Coke and Jackson from the Yanks. The D’Backs, meanwhile, got a questionable return in Edwin Jackson from the Tigers and Kennedy from the Yanks. Granderson can be used in either left or center field, giving Brian Cashman some flexibility in negotiations with free agent outfielder Johnny Damon. It’s safe to say the Tigers now have the payroll flexibility they wanted. (Rotoworld)

Update 2: Here’s the financial and contractual breakdown:

  • The Yankees receive center fielder Curtis Granderson, who turns 29 in March.  Granderson is owed $5.5MM in 2010, $8.25MM in ’11, and $10MM in ’12, with a $13MM club option/$2MM buyout for ’13.  That’s $25.75MM guaranteed over the next three years.  Melky Cabrera could now be expendable for the Yankees, and the Cubs are one possible suitor.
  • The Diamondbacks receive a pair of starting pitchers: Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy. Jackson, 26, is under team control for ’10 and ’11 and is owed an arbitration raise on this year’s $2.2MM salary.  Kennedy, 25 this month, missed most of the ’09 season due to surgery to remove an aneurysm near his shoulder.  As far as I can tell he is under team control for another six seasons.  This is the second year in a row Jackson has been traded at the Winter Meetings.
  • The Tigers receive four players: starter Max Scherzer, relievers Daniel Schlereth and Phil Coke, and center fielder Austin Jackson.  The Tigers get five years of Scherzer, six of Schlereth, five of Coke, and six of Jackson, potentially 22 years of control in total.  Scherzer, 25, and Jackson, 23 in February, are probably considered the prizes of the haul.

Anatomy: As listed on

12:48pm: Heyman tweets that an agreement has been reached, with only medicals pending.  We’ll do a fresh post once this trade is official.  To reiterate: the Yankees get Curtis Granderson, the D’Backs get Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy, and the Tigers get Max Scherzer, Daniel Schlereth, Austin Jackson, and Phil Coke.

Sherman notes that the Yankees managed to pull off the Granderson acquisition without giving up Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, or Mike Dunn.

12:35pm: Olney now says this deal is close.  Sherman says medical records are being exchanged on Granderson.  In another tweet Sherman says there’s no deadline on the deal, but one source says it’s “on the goal line.”  He adds that removing Dunn from the deal was key for the Yanks.

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times says the deal is “very close,” and would be Austin Jackson, Coke, Scherzer, and Schlereth to the Tigers, Edwin Jackson and Kennedy to the D’Backs, and Granderson to the Yankees.

12:19pm: Rosenthal says the revised deal has the Tigers getting two players from the Yanks rather than three, with Coke or Dunn out.  AOL FanHouse’s Ed Price tweets that the D’Backs and Tigers are awaiting signoff from the Yankees, and expect an answer within 40 minutes.

11:51am: Morosi sees progress being made, while’s Steve Gilbert thinks this thing is close; the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro agrees.

11:24am: More from Olney – the D’Backs are aiming to get Edwin Jackson and Kennedy in the deal.  Olney speaks of “growing confidence on at least two of the sides” involved, and his sources have the odds of a deal in the 20-30% range.  One Heyman source said 50%.

11:15am: Rosenthal and Morosi note that the Yankees and Tigers are open to making a Granderson deal and leaving the D’Backs out of the discussion.  Still, the three-team talks are ongoing and fluid, with the Tigers requiring a “high-ceiling, close-to-the-majors center fielder” as part of the Granderson package.  Austin Jackson could be that player.

ESPN’s Buster Olney says it’s the Tigers that re-ignited the three-way talks, and they’ve lowered their asking price.

10:33am: Heyman tweets that this deal is “back with a chance.” Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News agrees, noting that the Tigers “may be caving” on the price for Granderson.  He says the Yanks would likely downgrade one of the pitchers, most likely Dunn.  Wouldn’t be the Winter Meetings without three-team trade scenarios and the constant back-and-forth.

Potential 3-Team Trade Would Send Scherzer to Detroit

According to, the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Tigers have discussed a blockbuster trade at this week’s winter meetings. Ken Rosenthal says “talks are at an impasse,” but here’s the breakdown: The Yankees would receive Curtis Granderson from the Tigers and two prospects from the D’Backs. The Tigers would get Max Scherzer from the Diamondbacks, with center fielder Austin Jackson and left-handed relievers Phil Coke and Michael Dunn also coming over from the Yankees. Arizona would get Edwin Jackson from the Tigers and Ian Kennedy from the Yanks. The deal is reportedly being “pushed by the Diamondbacks.” (Rotoworld)

Update: The D’Backs pushed for a blockbuster three-way deal with the Yankees and Tigers today, only to see one of those two teams veto it, according to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. However, the teams are discussing the following scenario. The deal would send Curtis Granderson to the Yanks, along with a prospect or two from the D’Backs. Arizona would obtain Edwin Jackson from the Tigers and Ian Kennedy from the Yankees. The Tigers would obtain Max Scherzer from the D’Backs and Austin Jackson, Phil Coke and Michael Dunn from the Yanks. Talks are apparently at an “impasse” now, though the D’Backs continue to push for a trade. (

Scherzer on the Block? Headed to Tigers?

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic has heard that the Diamondbacks may be willing to part with Max Scherzer for Tigers right-hander Edwin Jackson. It’s doubtful this would work as a straight-up deal. Scherzer was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2006 draft and posted a 4.12 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 9.19 K/9 this past season as a 25-year-old. He’s just as talented as Jackson, if not more, and will make the league minimum for the next two years. (Rotoworld)

Roster Moves – June 30th – Week 13


Trade 1:

  • Atomic Roadrunners receives:  Reds SP Johnny Cueto
  • Cover Zero receives: Nationals OF Adam Dunn

Trade 2:

  • Atomic Roadrunners receives:
    • Diamondbacks SP Max Scherzer
    • Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw
    • Cardinals 3B Prospect Brett Wallace
  • Misogynistic Padres receives:
    • Braves 3B Chipper Jones
    • Reds 2B Brandon Phillips
    • Giants Closer Brian Wilson
    • Braves SP Kenshin Kawakami

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • Jon Rauch, RP Diamondbacks ($0 bid, reserve)
  • Alex Romero, OF Diamondbacks ($0 bid, active)


  • CM Emilio Bonifacio
  • RP Nick Masset
  • OF Andres Torres (to DH)


  • RP Matt Lindstrom
  • SP Shairon Martis


  • 2B Matt Downs (from DH – replaces Brandon Phillips)
  • 3B Mat Gamel (from CM – replaces Chipper Jones)


  • SP Mat Latos (prospect)


  • RP Matt Lindstrom was placed on the 15-Day DL on June 25th with elbow inflammation.  Will be out at least six weeks
  • SP Shairon Martis was optioned to AAA Columbus on June 28th
  • SP Antonio Bastardo was placed on the 15-Day DL on June 30th with a left shoulder strain
  • Jon Rauch was originally protected by Misogynistic Padres for 2009, and was released on May 12th.  He retains his contract and salary – signed through 2010 for $1.
  • Former RoadRunner Chad Gaudin was selected by X-Men for $6.  I had bid $5 to re-acquire Gaudin after two stellar outings.
  • Former RoadRunner Jake Fox was selected by X-Men for $11 due to his strong interleague performance.
  • The first big AL Free Agent joined the NL.  In this case, Mark DeRosa was traded to the Cardinals on Thursday.  Bidding was as follows:
    • $70 Stanimals
    • $46 X-Men
    • $45 Atomic Roadrunners (max bid)
    • $43 Shoeless Jews
    • $33 Get Off Kong!
    • $25 Cover Zero