I know that we're all thrilled with the player we got in Curtis Granderson, but look at the deal from the Tiger perspective.
All three players they acquired for Granderson played yesterday against the Marinators, whom they beat. Jackson and you- know- who batted 1-2, and Coke pitched in relief. Austin Jackson is hitting .340, starting in center, and picked up his 5th rbi hitting from the leadoff spot. He Who Must Not Be Named (because it sets off long tirades about whose fault it was that he wasn't re-signed), bats second and is hitting .256, but had two hits and two walks. Phil Coke earned his second hold, and is pitching to an ERA of 2.57.
Would the Yankees have been better off handing the centerfield job to Jackson than acquiring Granderson? They would have Coke in the pen instead of Boone Logan or Sergio Mitre, and maybe/ maybe not #18.
This trade may have helped both teams, but if Jackson is the instant star that he is starting out to be, the Yanks may have come off second-best.