Ah, the three-team trade. Often discussed and fantasized about, but almost never actually consummated.
Today, the Yankees, Diamondbacks, and Tigers got together on one of the fabled deals, with the Yankees netting shortstop Didi Gregorius, the Diamondbacks getting pitcher Robbie Ray (Doug Fister trade? Whoops) and a yet-unnamed infielder, and the Tigers getting pitcher Shane Greene. It’s a minor deal all around, but there are still a few things to discuss as the implications are shaking out.
The Diamondbacks have had an extra shortstop to move for some time now, so this is unsurprising from their perspective. Maybe Ray now steps into their patch-work rotation, and maybe they don’t spend on an arm this offseason? Also: Gregorius is now unavailable in trade to other teams looking for a shortstop like the Mets.
The Yankees were expected to have Greene in their already-thin rotation, though I question how reliable they really thought he could be. So, moving Greene could make them even more aggressive in trying to retain Brandon McCarthy and pick up another arm. Maybe they do finally come clean and go after Max Scherzer. Or … dare I say it … Jon Lester? OK, I dared to say it, but is Greene really the kind of guy whose absence makes the Yankees go nuts? I doubt it. They were always going to add arms.
As for the Tigers, they must really like Greene since they gave up their Doug Fister trade prize (Ray) to get him. If he slides into the rotation, it makes you wonder if the Tigers will be more likely to deal David Price or Rick Porcello (and then try and pick up a free agent) at this point, now that they’ve got minimal cover to make a deal. Otherwise, Greene can just move into their pen.
Again: minor deal, but it makes you think.