Three-team deal sending Granderson to Yanks reaches impasse

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So, it was the Bombers.
FOXSports.com is reporting that the Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks have discussed a three-team deal involving Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson, but that talks are at an impasse.
It’s the same sort of scenario we discussed earlier here. The Tigers would send Granderson to the Yankees and Jackson to the Diamondbacks in return for Scherzer from Arizona. Of course, several more pieces would have to change hands as well.
But what pieces? Austin Jackson to Detroit remains an obvious option. The Tigers should be satisfied with a Scherzer/A-Jax return for their two big pieces. But Arizona would have to get something substantial to even up the deal on their end. The Yankees shouldn’t be interested in giving up Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain or Jesus Montero, but just about anyone else in the farm system could be up for grabs in such a scenario.
But I’m still not sure it works. It’s a big downgrade from the top four pieces to any of the Yankees’ other prospects, and I’m not sure any one or two of them would make up for the difference in the values of Scherzer and Jackson. Plus, it only makes sense for the Diamondbacks to give up Scherzer for Jackson if they intend to make a run in 2010. That would seem to make getting Hughes or Chamberlain a must. Could the Diamondbacks throw in a youngster or two themselves in order land Chamberlain? I think it’s doubtful, but it doesn’t sound like talks are dead yet.
According to the report, the Diamondbacks have been the driving force here. If they really want to do something involving Scherzer and Jackson, they should eventually find a third team to make it work. The Cubs and Angels also desire Curtis Granderson, and the Red Sox never let a three-team scenario pass them by without seeing if they can stick their noses in somehow. We’ll be hearing more about this one.
Update – And as I was writing, we were hearing more.
FOXSports.com has gone on to report that, besides the three major pieces, the Diamondbacks would have gotten Ian Kennedy from the Yankees, the Yankees would have gotten prospects from Arizona and the Tigers would have received Austin Jackson, Phil Coke and Michael Dunn from the Yankees.
This pretty clearly doesn’t work for Arizona. Kennedy’s lost much of his value over the two years, and while he’s still intriguing as a fourth or fifth starter, he doesn’t make up for the difference between Edwin and Scherzer. Oddly enough, tjhough, the Ken Rosenthal/Jon Paul Morosi report indicates that it is one of the other two teams that has rejected the deal.

Royals pay tribute to late Yordano Ventura during spring training opener

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 12: Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on August 12, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The Royals honored former pitcher Yordano Ventura prior to their first Cactus League game against the Rangers on Saturday. Ventura was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic in late January.

Rangers’ third baseman Adrian Beltre and center fielder Carlos Gomez paid their respects to the pitcher with a floral arrangement that was laid on the mound. Both teams stood along the foul lines during a pregame video tribute that highlighted Ventura’s tenure with Kansas City. Following the game, Gomez spoke to the media about his relationship with Ventura, describing their frequent conversations during the season and commending the pitcher for having “the same passion that I had early in my career” (via WFAA.com’s Levi Weaver).

A plaque dedicated to the 25-year-old was also presented to club manager Ned Yost as a more permanent commemoration of Ventura’s contributions to the sport. Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star reports that the plaque will be mounted in the club’s spring training facilities alongside tributes to members of the Royals’ 2014 and 2015 playoff teams.

The full text of the plaque is below, via MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan:

A brother and a teammate, Yordano Ventura, passed away on the morning of January 22 in his native Dominican Republic, at the age of 25. He signed with the Royals as a 17-year-old, eventually making the big league team in 2013 as a 22-year-old. On most days, he could be found laughing and joking with his baseball family in the clubhouse. However, on days when he pitched, that smile was replaced by a quiet confidence and an intense fire, which he brought to the mound for every start. He had many highlights in his abbreviated career, not the least of which was throwing eight shutout innings in Game #6 of the 2014 World Series to force a Game #7 vs. San Francisco.

Gerrit Cole named Pirates’ Opening Day starter

BRADENTON, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a photograph during MLB spring training photo day on February 19, 2017 at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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Right-hander Gerrit Cole is set to take the mound for the Pirates on Opening Day, according to a team announcement on Saturday. It’s a spot that was most recently occupied by former Pirate Francisco Liriano, who made three consecutive Opening Day starts for the club before getting dealt to the Blue Jays last August.

The 26-year-old produced career-worst numbers during his fourth run with the Pirates in 2016, due in large part to bouts of inflammation in his right elbow. He finished the year with a 3.88 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 over 116 innings before getting shut down in September to avoid further injury to his elbow. When healthy, however, Cole has been lights-out for the Pirates. Prior to his injury-laden campaign last year, he touted a career 3.07 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, 8.5 SO/9 and cumulative 10.2 fWAR from 2013 through 2015.

Cole will go toe-to-toe with the Red Sox during Boston’s home opener on Monday, April 3. Right-hander Jameson Taillon is scheduled to make the second start of the year, while fellow righty Ivan Nova will cover the Pirates’ home opener against the Braves on April 7. The Pirates’ third and fifth starters have yet to be announced.