CNNSI is reporting that, pending a review of medical records, the three-team deal that would send Granderson to the Yankees has been completed. The Yankees receive Granderson, and in exchange, the D-Backs get Ian Kennedy while the Detroit receives Coke and AJax.
My initial response to this trade is that it seems somewhat steep. I like Granderson but am not in love with him, and losing AJax for a good but not great centerfielder seems expensive considering some of the other trades out there. It also takes Edwin Jackson off the market (he's going to Arizona), a possible back-up if Halladay doesn't work out. Detroit didn't get a whole lot here, so it seems we could've made a play for Jackson in the future had we waited and felt the need to.
Granted, my first reaction to the Swisher deal last year was that we got an essentially identical player to Wilson Betemit, and I couldn't have been more wrong. I want to give Cash the benefit of the doubt, but I'm worried he just blew our chance to be players for Halladay or (and now definitely) Jackson.
You have to give up something to get a legit major leaguer, and parting with Coke and Kennedy doesn't hurt that much. AJax is not a known commodity as far as his major league abilities, so only time will tell whether it was better to have a reasonably priced Granderson (25M over the next three years hardly breaks the bank, especially considering Damon will probably get 20M for two years) or a very cheap AJax.