Winter Meetings Throwback: Tigers Complete Three-Team Deal With Diamondbacks and Yankees

In honor of day one of the Winter Meetings in Orlando, how about a little throwback to one of the Tigers most recent big deals at the annual event. How do you think this deal worked out for the Tigers?

December 9, 2009 -DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has acquired righthanded pitcher Max Scherzer and lefthanded pitcher Daniel Schlereth from the Arizona Diamondbacks and lefthanded pitcher Phil Coke and outfielder Austin Jackson from the New York Yankees. The Tigers have traded righthanded pitcher Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks, while outfielder Curtis Granderson has been traded to the Yankees. Additionally, the Yankees have traded righthanded pitcher Ian Kennedy to Arizona as part of the deal.

“We are thrilled to add four quality players to the Tigers organization today,” Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said. “We feel this infusion of talent will help our major league club compete both in 2010 and for many years to come. We want to thank both Curtis and Edwin for all they have done for the Tigers organization and we wish them nothing but the best as they join their new clubs.”

Scherzer compiled a 9-11 record, 4.12 ERA (170.1IP/78ER) and 174 strikeouts in 30 starts for the Diamondbacks in 2009. He finished eighth in the National League with 9.19 strikeouts per nine innings this past season. A first-round selection by the Diamondbacks in 2006, Scherzer has posted a 3.86 ERA (226.1IP/97ER) and 240 strikeouts in 46 games (37 starts) at the major league level.

Schlereth recorded a 1.01 ERA (26.2IP/3ER), four saves and 39 strikeouts in 21 outings with Double A Mobile. He limited opponents to a .161 batting average against (14×87) during his stint with Mobile. Schlereth saw action in one game with Triple A Reno, in addition to 21 outings at the major league level with the Diamondbacks. He fanned 22 batters in 18.1 innings of work with Arizona, limiting opponents to a .221 batting average against (15×68). Schlereth was a first-round selection of the Diamondbacks in 2008 and he is the son of former NFL offensive lineman Mark Schlereth.

Coke spent the entire season at the major league level with the Yankees in 2009, compiling a 4-3 record, 4.50 ERA (60.0IP/30ER), two saves and 49 strikeouts in 71 appearances. He limited opponents to a .209 batting average against (44×211). Coke is 5-3 with a 3.74 ERA (74.2IP/31ER) in 84 outings in his major league career, holding opponents to a .199 batting average against (52×261).

Jackson batted .300 (151×504) with 67 runs scored, 23 doubles, nine triples, four home runs, 65 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 132 games with Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2009. Entering the season as the top prospect in the Yankees organization by Baseball America, he was selected the International League Rookie of the Year after leading the league with nine triples. Baseball America tabbed him the best hitting prospect in the league during the season.

Granderson hit .249 (157×631) with 91 runs scored, 23 doubles, eight triples, 30 home runs, 71 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 160 games for the Tigers in 2009. He was named to the American League’s all-star squad for the first time in his career this past season.

Jackson compiled a 13-9 record and 3.62 ERA (214.0IP/86ER) in 33 starts for the Tigers this past season as he was selected to the American League’s all-star squad for the first time in his career.

Additionally, the Tigers today designated the contracts of righthanded pitcher Freddy Dolsi and catcher Dusty Ryan for assignment. Dolsi finished 4-3 with a 3.83 ERA (51.2IP/22ER) and 10 saves in 39 appearances with Triple A Toledo in 2009. Ryan batted .257 (52×202) with 10 home runs and 35 RBI in 63 games with the Mud Hens.

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This turned out to be a great deal for the Tigers. I saw Jackson play for the S/WB Yanks in 2009, not knowing he’d be a Tiger the following season.

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