Yanks, D-backs, Tigers have rich history as trade partners

Yanks, D-backs, Tigers have rich history as trade partners

The Yankees went back to a familiar source on Friday to find Derek Jeter's replacement, acquiring shortstop Didi Gregorius from the D-backs as part of a three-team swap between the Yanks, D-backs and Tigers.

These are the same three teams that -- nearly five years ago to the day -- pulled off a blockbuster that sent Curtis Granderson to New York, Max Scherzer, Austin Jackson, Daniel Schlereth and Phil Coke to Detroit and Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson to Arizona.

The trade ties don't end there, as the Yankees and D-backs swapped likely future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson back and forth twice within a two-year span. As for the Tigers and the Yanks, there's plenty of history there, too, including trades involving sluggers Gary Sheffield and Ivan Rodriguez.

Even the key player involved in Friday's trade is no stranger to three-team deals. Gregorius was originally acquired by the D-backs in 2012 as part of another three-team swap involving the Reds, Indians and D-backs.

In an attempt to put some historical perspective on Friday's swap, let's take a look at some of the previous trades involving these franchises, as well as three-team trades in general and the shoes that Gregorius will have to try to fill in the Bronx.

Familiar partners
• Just this past season, the D-backs traded right-hander Brandon McCarthy to the Yankees on July 6 in exchange for southpaw Vidal Nuno. Less than a month later, the clubs connected yet again as Arizona sent Martin Prado to New York on July 31 in exchange for Minor League catcher/outfielder Peter O'Brien.

• Two of the more memorable trades between the D-backs and Yankees, however, came a bit further back. Arizona traded five-time Cy Young Award winner Johnson to the Yankees on Jan. 11, 2005 in exchange for Brad Halsey, Dioner Navarro, Javier Vazquez and cash. Almost two years to the day later, the Yankees traded Johnson back to the D-backs in exchange for Alberto Gonzalez, Steven Jackson, Ross Ohlendorf and Luis Vizcaino.

• As for the Yankees and Tigers, New York traded Sheffield to Detroit on Nov. 10, 2006 in exchange for Anthony Claggett, Humberto Sanchez and Kevin Whelan. The clubs exchanged another aging superstar two years later when the Tigers sent 14-time All-Star and 13-time Gold Glove-winning catcher Rodriguez to the Yankees in exchange for pitcher Kyle Farnsworth.

• The D-backs, meanwhile, have the Tigers to thank for 2001 World Series hero Luis Gonzalez. Arizona acquired Gonzalez from the Tigers in December 1998 in exchange for journeyman outfielder Karim Garcia. Gonzalez, of course, went on to notch a World Series-clinching, walk-off RBI single in Game 7 of the 2001 Fall Classic vs. the Yankees.

• The most memorable trade between these clubs, however, involved all three teams. It was on Dec. 8, 2009 that the Yankees acquired Granderson from the Tigers, while the Tigers landed Scherzer and Austin Jackson, among others, and the D-backs received Kennedy and Edwin Jackson in a three-team Winter Meetings blockbuster.

Recent three-team swaps
• The D-backs have plenty of history when it comes to three-team deals, in general. They acquired slugger Mark Trumbo as part of a three-team swap with the Angels and White Sox at last year's Winter Meetings. The Angels acquired Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago in return, while the White Sox landed outfielder Adam Eaton.

• The D-backs also acquired Gregorius via a three-team deal involving the Reds and Indians back in December 2012. In that massive three-team move, the D-backs acquired Gregorius, Lars Anderson and Tony Sipp, while the Indians brought in Drew Stubbs, Matt Albers, Trevor Bauer and Bryan Shaw and the Reds landed Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald.

• More recently, the Tigers were involved in a three-team blockbuster earlier this summer when they acquired ace David Price in a three-team deal that once again involved Austin Jackson. In this trade, completed along with the Rays and Mariners, Tampa Bay received prospect Willy Adames and pitcher Drew Smyly, while the Mariners landed Jackson.

• Interestingly enough, the Tigers were also involved in a substantial three-team trade during the 2013 season. The Tigers partnered with the White Sox and Red Sox to complete a deal just ahead of the Trade Deadline that brought Jose Iglesias to Detroit. Boston, meanwhile, acquired veteran starter Jake Peavy and right-hander Brayan Villarreal, while the White Sox landed outfielder Avisail Garcia and a trio of Minor Leaguers.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.