The World Series champions pulled off the first big trade of this year's session, reaching a tentative agreement Tuesday on a three-team, seven-player swap that would bring them All-Star center fielder Curtis Granderson from Detroit.
New York would trade right-hander Ian Kennedy to Arizona, and lefty reliever Phil Coke and outfield prospect Austin Jackson to Detroit, a baseball official said on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet final.
Detroit would ship All-Star pitcher Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks, and Arizona would send touted young pitchers Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth to the Tigers. The teams were still working on technical aspects of the trade, the official said, including checking medical records.
"Granderson, of course he's going to make them better," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "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."
Last year, the Yankees and CC Sabathia agreed to a $161 million, seven-year deal during the winter meetings and New York set in motion an $82.5 million, five-year contract with A.J. Burnett.
The speedy Granderson would displace Melky Cabrera as center fielder on the Yankees. A left-handed batter who could benefit from Yankee Stadium's short porch, Granderson was a first-time All-Star last season, when he had 30 homers, 71 RBI and 20 steals.
"There's a lot of noise out there. Clearly I can't speak to the noise," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.
TRADE AT A GLANCE
- Right-hander Ian Kennedy to Arizona
- Lefty reliever Phil Coke and outfield prospect Austin Jackson to Detroit
- Center fielder Curtis Granderson to New York
- Pitcher Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks
- Pitchers Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth to the Tigers