Granderson heads to Yankees in three-team deal

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Yankees acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson from the Detroit Tigers in a three-team, seven-player deal finalized on Wednesday at the Major League Baseball winter meetings in Indianapolis.

To get the speedy, power-hitting outfielder, the World Series champion Yankees sent left-handed reliever Phil Coke and highly-rated outfield prospect Austin Jackson to Detroit, and right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Detroit sent starter Edwin Jackson to Arizona, who shipped pitchers Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth to the Tigers.

Granderson, 28, batted .249 with 23 doubles, eight triples, 30 homers, 71 runs batted in and 20 stolen bases last season for Detroit and was selected to the All-Star team.

The addition of Granderson could affect the Yankees' stance toward bringing back free agents Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui, the World Series Most Valuable Player.

The D-backs expect Jackson and Kennedy to fortify their starting rotation. Jackson, 26, was 13-9 with a 3.62 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 214 innings last season and made his first All-Star appearance.

The deal was made possible thanks to Detroit's desire to shed payroll, which they will do by shipping away Granderson, who will make more than $23 million over the next three seasons, and arbitration-eligible Jackson, Major League Baseball website reported.

In return, Detroit got cheaper young players in Scherzer, who struck out 174 batters in 170 1/3 innings in his first season as a full-time major league starter, and 22-year-old outfielder Jackson.

Scherzer, 25, should slot into the Tigers' rotation behind ace Justin Verlander and second-year righty Rick Porcello. With Granderson gone, Jackson has a chance to win Detroit's center-field job.

(Writing by Larry Fine, Editing by Sonia Oxley)