Yes, this is going to be another post about the Curtis Granderson trade. I don’t yet know what the lineup will look like tonight, but Granderson did not start the past few nights against left handed pitchers. We’ve also gotten news that Granderson and hitting coach Kevin Long will work to completely reform the former’s swing. As I started writing this, Javy Vazquez exited the game after giving up six runs. Nick Johnson, of course, is injured and hasn’t played in quite some time. Still, we must do our best to avoid revisionist history and dump this all on Brian Cashman.
I’ll start with the Granderson trade. Phil Coke is doing well, as is Austin Jackson, though he’s cooled off of late; the same goes for Ian Kennedy. We’ve discussed this trade a lot here recently and it’s not looking great for the Yankees. Despite that, we can’t just “reverse” the trade. For the Yankees, Phil Coke would’ve been the second lefty out of the bullpen. Ian Kennedy likely would’ve started the year in AAA and the same goes for Austin Jackson. It would be fallacious of us to assume that Coke, Jackson, and Kennedy would’ve performed the same as Yankees. It doesn’t look great now, but by next year, I think this trade will look a lot better for the Yankees.
Nick Johnson for DH instead of Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui is still something I would’ve done. Damon was asking for too much and Hideki jumped on what he thought was the best offer he’d get (he’s not exactly raking right now either).
And finally, we come to the Javier Vazquez trade. Anyone who wouldn’t do this trade in a cocaine heartbeat is just nuts. The Yankees traded a fourth outfielder, a future LOOGY, and a (promising but still way off) young pitcher to get Vazquez. Melky Cabrera’s wOBA right now is .308. Arodys Vizcaino is injured. Mike Dunn has thrown just 6.2 innings and has more walks (9) than strikeouts (6). There’s no reason to be miffed at this trade.
Things may not be going perfectly for the Yankee winter acquisitions but those moves were good moves at the time and the one long term move–the Granderson trade–still has time to play out. While it might be tempting, we can’t, nor should we, call these moves instant losses any time the players involved don’t perform.