(Another strikeout?? I'm shocked. Courtesy of Getty Images)
A long while back in the summer of 2011 I wrote a short post gloating about the outcome of the '09 3-team trade that netted the Yankees Curtis Granderson. At the time, Jackson was struggling through a tough second season in the big leagues and Granderson was one of the top offensive players in baseball. That post, short as it was, is one of the top 10 most viewed posts in AB4AR history, and if you scroll down far enough on the page to see the "Greatest Hits" section, you'll still see it there, in all its glory. It's one of the most popular posts I've written, and I imagine it's only going to get more popular now that I've used this post to out my stupidity in writing that one. After last night, there's no doubt who the winner and loser of that trade really was.
- Austin Jackson 2012: 617 PA, .300/.377/.479, 55 XBH, 103 R, .371 wOBA, 135 wRC+, 5.5 fWAR, 21.7% K Rate
- Curtis Granderson 2012: 684 PA, .232/.319/.492, 65 XBH, 102 R, .346 wOBA, 116 wRC+, 2.6 fWAR, 28.5% K Rate
But wait, it gets
- Jackson in ALCS: 6-17, 3 XBH, 3 R, 12 TB, 2 BB, 3 K
- Granderson in ALCS: 0-11, 0 XBH, 0 R, 0 TB, 2 BB, 7 K
- Phil Coke in ALCS: 4 App, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 SV
Yep, the 2 big former Yankee pieces from that trade that went Detroit's way had a grand old time dragging their nuts across Cash's face, the Steinbrenners' faces, and my face for writing the original gloating post in the first place. Austin Jackson is on his way to becoming one of the best all-around outfielders in the AL, Curtis Granderson has morphed into Adam Dunn, Phil Coke is the new Tiger closer heading into the World Series, and Ian Kennedy is out in Arizona putting together quality middle-of-the-rotation production while Ivan Nova sets team records for XBH allowed and Phil Hughes keeps getting hurt.
Anybody bumming about this trade now? Anybody? Yeah, me too.