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.

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.

Rockies sign 30-year lease to stay in Coors Field

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.

As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.

Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”

The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.