3-way deal sends all to playoffs
Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 7:01 pm
By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — It was nearly two years ago, hours before the New York Yankees’ World Series opener against Philadelphia. As players prepared, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman went up to his office and telephoned a half-dozen of his counterparts, among them Detroit’s Dave Dombrowski.
“I remember Dave saying, ‘Hey, what are you doing calling me? Isn’t this Game 1 of the World Series? You’ve got a big game tonight,”’ Cashman recalled. “I was like, ‘Hey, I’m out of it. I already messed this team up enough. Nothing more I can do. So now I’ve got to talk about the 2010 team and how I can mess that one up.”’
Fast forward 31⁄2 weeks.
Dombrowski was driving from Detroit to Chicago with his family for a Thanksgiving visit with his parents. His cell phone rang, and Arizona GM Josh Byrnes was on the line.
“He said he talked to Brian. There was the potential of a three-way deal,” Dombrowski related. “Would we be open-minded to it? And that sort of got that ball rolling.”
And so began the talks that led to an unusual seven-player trade that helped build three division winners. Come this weekend, the Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks all will be in the playoffs — Detroit and New York playing each other.
Detroit sent All-Star center fielder Curtis Granderson to New York, which dealt right-hander Ian Kennedy to Arizona, and lefty reliever Phil Coke and outfield prospect Austin Jackson to the Tigers. Detroit traded All-Star pitcher Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks, and Arizona sent touted young pitchers Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth to the Tigers.
It took six weeks of talks from Cashman’s initial call until the deal was finalized on Dec. 9. Word started to leak out the day before, after the three GMs reached a tentative deal while meeting in Cashman’s suite at the winter meetings in Indianapolis. Published in The Messenger 9.30.11