As Day Two gets started in Indianapolis, there are some important facts and one rumor that probably won’t go away anytime soon.
Potential free agents who were offered arbitration had until midnight last night to accept. Most declined and became free agents. Relievers Rafael Betancourt and Rafael Soriano (who’s been linked to the Yankees) were the only Type As to accept arbitration. Carl Pavano was the only Type B to accept.
That’s significant only because it further defines the free agent market. Getting Soriano would require a trade with the Braves, but Jason Marquis, Mark DeRosa, Justin Duchscherer, Brandon Lyon and the rest are fair game.
The rumor that’s sure to generate discussion — and was already creating buzz last night — is the proposed three-way trade that would send Curtis Granderson to the Yankees, with Ian Kennedy, Austin Jackson, Phil Coke and Mike Dunn being shipped to the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The blockbuster was apparently proposed by Arizona and – no surprise – the Diamondbacks would seem to be the obvious winners in the deal. The Yankees would have gotten the best player while also giving up the best prospects. The Tigers would have given up the only proven big leaguers.
Stay tuned, but early word was that the deal was rejected by at least one team, maybe two. A trade like that will create buzz whether it has legs or not.
UPDATE, 9:50 a.m.: It now seems that every report on the three-way Granderson trade says it’s either highly unlikely or completely dead.