The 2009 season that brought the Yankees a World Series for the first time in nine seasons was a very busy one by Brian Cashman and the Yankees. Let's look at what kind of trades, along with some big free agent signings, that brought the Yankees the ultimate goal, the ring for the boss.
Yankees get Eric Hinske
Pirates get Eric Fryer and Casey Erickson
This was one of those depth moves that proved to help the Yankees immensely down the stretch and through out the playoffs. Eric hit home runs in big spots and played the outfield well enough to get a ring while we gave up two pieces of nothing for him.
Yankees get Jerry Hairtson
Red get Chase Weems
Another under the radar trade that paid huge dividends down the stretch and through the playoffs as Jerry Hairston gave us some great times in pinstripes. Chase Weems never was a great prospect and has not done anything since and Jerry helped us win a ring so the trade is a win for us.
Yankees get Curtis Granderson
Diamondbacks get Ian Kennedy
Tigers get Phil Coke and Austin Jackson
In a three team trade that included more pieces then this the Yankees got Curtis Granderson to man center field for them while giving up Ian Kennedy, Phil Coke, and Austin Jackson. A Jax has turned into one of the best center fielders and lead off men in the game and Phil Coke has dominated us during the season and in the playoffs. Ian Kennedy went on to win 20 games for Arizona and got some Cy Young consideration before taking a step back last season. Granderson started out well for us but he has forgotten how to hit anything besides a home run and his routes in center field leave much to be desired. We still have a season of Granderson at least so maybe the 2013 season can make this look like a good trade because as it stands right now we gave up just a little too much.
Yankees get Boone Logan and Javier Vazquez
Braves get Melky Cabrera, Mike Dunn, and Arodys Vizcaino
Boone Logan has been a god send since coming over to the Yankees much unlike Javier Vazquez who just stunk up the place. The good news is that Melky Cabrera was terrible for Atlanta, Arodys Vizcaino is going to miss the 2013 with Tommy John surgery, and Mike Dunn is nothing special. It is still a bad trade but it is looking better all the time.