Saturday, December 12, 2009

Winter Meetings

Well, the Winter Meetings have now come to a close and the Yankees have come home with a new player to add to their team. As part of a 3-way trade, the Yankees acquired Curtis Granderson from the Tigers in which the Yankees sent Austin Jackson and Phil Coke to Detroit and Ian Kennedy to Arizona. In addition, Detroit sent Edwin Jackson to Arizona and Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlerth were traded from Arizona to Detroit. It is an interesting trade, one which appears to have benefit the Yankees the most, though the true test will come during the season if we can see how well Granderson can hit lefties.

When it comes to Austin Jackson, I personally don't think hes ready, but a team like Detroit can take the chance in allowing him to grow in the majors. As a Yankee, I couldn't see Jackson being their everyday starting centerfielder just yet. He still needs to work on his plate discipline and start hitting more for power. The man does have speed though, something that Curtis Granderson also does have.

As for Arizona? Not sure how well they made out on this trade. Guess we will see how the young guys develop before a determination can really be accurately made.

Regardless, here are some cool pictures I stole (I am crediting!) from Vic Christopher's blog. Though I don't agree with how they run the club, he has put together a fun blog, so I highly suggest you check it out. There are some behind the scene shots at the lovely winter meetings, where the writers appeared to have stayed inside a convention centre/hotel for the entire week. Seems exciting.

Patriots Superbowl wins that were on display. Yuck.

I guess this is where all the action took place

Here are some new products that were on display

This item is called the Swing Rite. It is a type of training aid that was designed to increase bat swing speed and improve hand-eye coordination

This is a glove that can be used while batting or for catchers and was designed to protect the wrists
Some sort of underwater apparatus. Couldn't find anything about it online though.


Kyle said...

Great post. Very interesting stuff.

I think the Yankees did well at the meetings. Granderson is a high character guy, he's young and basically he's the ceiling of what Jackson potentially could be.

I'm not worried about losing Coke or Bruney. As I think that Roberston and Marte could do a better job anyway.

One observation with the pictures though. I think that last one was Bill Madden. I personally don't agree with him quite often, but he was honored with some big award or something. It was on MLB Network and I think that's him in that last pic.

Al Leiter's Bullpen Catcher said...

Vic's Blog (where I found the pictures and cited him) said it was Gammons.

Kyle said...

I see now that his blog said that. He made a mistake on that one though. It's not Peter Gammons.

Bill Madden of the NY Daily News was selected as the winner of the 2010 J.G. Taylor Spink Award this past week and MLB Network interviewed him.

The pics are great though. I was just making a general observation I noticed.

Kyle said...

Lots of baseball action this week. Happy Halladay in Philly. I think a new blog post should be coming in the near future.

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