Baseball Notes: Deal to send Granderson to Yanks is set
The three-way trade involving Detroit and Arizona would displace Melky Cabrera.
The Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks reached a tentative agreement yesterday on a three-team trade that would send all-star centerfielder Curtis Granderson from Detroit to New York, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
According to the source, the World Series champion Yankees will trade righthander Ian Kennedy to Arizona and lefty reliever Phil Coke and outfield prospect Austin Jackson to Detroit.
Detroit will ship all-star pitcher Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks, and Arizona will send touted young pitchers Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth to the Tigers.
The speedy Granderson will displace Melky Cabrera as centerfielder on the Yankees.
A lefthanded batter, Granderson was a first-time all-star last season, when he had 30 homers, 71 RBIs and 20 steals. His batting average has dropped from .302 in 2007 to .280 in 2008 to .249 last year.
He also had 141 strikeouts last season - his fourth straight season over 100 - and hit .183 against lefties.
Teahen's new deal. Third baseman Mark Teahen agreed to a $14 million, three-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, avoiding arbitration.
Acquired from Kansas City on Nov. 6, Teahen batted .271 with a career-high 34 doubles, 12 home runs, and 50 RBIs last season.
Johnson's future. Randy Johnson's agent said the Big Unit is still weighing his decision about whether to pitch again in 2010 or retire after 22 major-league seasons.
In June, Johnson, 46, became the 24th pitcher in major-league history to win 300 games, doing so in his first season with the San Francisco Giants.
Figgins moves to Seattle. Chone Figgins, 31, is moving to the Mariners - and perhaps a new position.
The former Los Angeles Angels spark plug finalized his $36 million, four-year contract with Seattle, a deal that includes a vesting option for 2014 that could make it worth $45 million overall.