Instead of spending at the winter meetings, the New York Yankees are in a dealing mode.
The World Series champions pulled off the first big trade of this year's session in Indianapolis, reaching a tentative agreement yesterday on a three-team, seven-player swap that would bring them All-Star centerfielder Curtis Granderson from Detroit.
New York would trade righthander 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 the kind of guy that fits into that landscape in New York, where he's going to thrive within that kind of a situation."
* Former Los Angeles Angels third baseman Chone Figgins finalized his $36 million, 4-year contract with Seattle, a deal that includes a vesting option for 2014 that could make it worth $45 million over 5 years.
* St. Louis completed its deal for free-agent pitcher Brad Penny. Penny joined the National League Central champions after passing a physical. His 1-year contract is for $7.5 million, with about $1.5 million more available in performance bonuses.
* Minnesota designated righthander Boof Bonser for assignment to make room on the roster for starting pitcher Carl Pavano, who accepted the Twins offer of salary arbitration. The righthander went 5-4 with a 4.64 ERA in 12 starts for the AL Central champions last season after coming over in an August trade from Cleveland.
* Randy Johnson's agent says the Big Unit is still weighing his decision about whether to pitch again in 2010 or retire after 22 major league seasons. Alan Nero, speaking from the winter meetings in Indianapolis, expects to know in the coming weeks whether the 46-year-old lefthander will return for another year.
* A person familiar with the agreement says 14-time All-Star Ivan Rodriguez and Washington have reached a preliminary deal on a $6 million, 2-year contract. The agreement is subject to the 38-year-old catcher passing a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity, because the deal was not yet final. Rodriguez split last season between Houston and Texas.
* Atlanta designated outfielder Ryan Church for assignment to clear a spot on the roster for reliever Rafael Soriano, who made a surprise decision to decline salary arbitration. The Braves last week signed closer Billy Wagner and setup man Takashi Saito. The expectation was Soriano and Mike Gonzalez would decline salary arbitration offers and become free agents. Instead, Soriano accepted arbitration late Monday and can't be traded prior to June 16 without his consent. Gonzalez didn't accept arbitration.
* Third baseman Mark Teahen agreed to a $14 million, 3-year deal with the Chicago White Sox and avoided arbitration. Acquired from Kansas City on Nov. 6, Teahen will earn $3.75 million next year, $4.75 million in 2011 and $5.5 million in 2012.
* New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia will be presented the Warren Spahn Award at a gala Jan. 26 in Oklahoma City. The award is given annually to baseball's top lefthanded pitcher.
* Peter Gammons said he is leaving ESPN for MLB Network following the end of baseball's winter meetings this week. He will be an on-air and online analyst.