Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Short History of the Yankees & Diamondbacks Trading

I watched the YES Network’s Hot Stove episode the other night with Didi Gregorius being interviewed by the great and very humble Jack Curry and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a great interview and it really cemented my beliefs in Gregorius that he is humble as well, a hard worker and in love with the game of baseball. While watching I got thinking of the now numerous times that the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks have hooked up in trades since their inception and decided to showcase them here just for fun. I may even judge a trade or two, who knows. Also I will simply hit the high spots, I will not delve into every single minor transaction between the two teams because frankly that would be boring and it would take all day. Anyway, about those trades…

Remember when the Yankees traded Raul Mondesi to Arizona and cash for Jon-Mark Sprowl, David Dellucci and Bret Prinz? Yeah me either but apparently it happened on July 29, 2003. I remember the name Prinz but I truly do not remember Dellucci wearing pinstripes, I guess I’m getting old.

Remember the big three team trade between Arizona, New York and the Detroit Tigers that saw pieces like Curtis Granderson come to New York, Ian Kennedy and other head to Arizona and Austin Jackson and Phil Coke head to Detroit? As hard as 40 home run power is to find these days it’s hard to watch Kennedy win 20 games in Arizona and make a Cy Young Award attempt while Granderson gets hit by two pitches and misses most of the 2013 season.

The Peter O’Brien and Martin Prado trades are still up in the air because O’Brien is still in the minors and Prado has been traded away, with others, for Garrett Jones and Nathan Eovaldi. Obviously the Didi Gregorius trade is still getting an incomplete grade and will for at least three to five more seasons.

For some reason Brian Cashman loves hooking up with Arizona in a trade and I don’t expect that to change any time soon. Paul Goldschmidt, just saying. 

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