(Remember this? Courtesy of the AP)
(Originally published at IIATMS/TYA)
The Mets finalized their 4-year/$60 million deal with Curtis Granderson yesterday, making his move across town official and ending a 4-year run in pinstripes that was interesting to say the least. Granderson went from underperforming trade bust who had to be benched to rebuild his swing in his first season to one of the premiere power hitters in baseball from 2011-2012 to an unlucky injury case in a contract year this past season. He finished his short Yankee career with a .245/.335/.495 slash line, 115 HR, 345 R scored, 307 RBI, 2 All Star Game selections, and 1 Silver Slugger award in '11. He also leaves with no rings, joining the Yankees the year after their last title and being a part of 4 teams that failed to return to the World Series.
Yesterday marked the actual 4-year anniversary of the 3-team trade that brought C-Grand to the Yankees. It was a trade that brought up the always pertinent "playing for the present or the future" question with respect to the Yankees' plans. To acquire Granderson, at the time a 28-year-old All Star centerfielder, the Yankees traded away one of their top prospects in center fielder Austin Jackson, 24-year-old starting pitcher and former top prospect Ian Kennedy, and lefty bullpen arm Phil Coke. The move was clearly made with the present in mind and now 4 years later, with no more WS trophies to show for it, it bears going back and taking a look at how things could have played out different had the trade not been made.