The Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks reached a tentative agreement on a three-team trade that would send All-Star center fielder Curtis Granderson from Detroit to New York.
The World Series champion Yankees would trade right-hander Ian Kennedy to Arizona, and send lefty reliever Phil Coke and outfield prospect Austin Jackson to Detroit.
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, including checking medical records.
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A left-handed batter, Granderson was a first-time All-Star last season, when he had 30 homers, 71 RBI 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 consecutive season with more than 100 – and hit .183 against lefties.
Scherzer, the 11th overall pick in the 2006 amateur draft, is a 25-year-old righty who went 9-11 with a 4.12 ERA in 30 starts for Arizona last season, striking out 174 in 170 innings.
Schlereth, a 23-year-old lefty, was the 26th pick in the 2008 amateur draft and is the son of ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth.
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