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Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

Posted on: January 13, 2012 7:41 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 10:39 pm
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By C. Trent Rosecrans

So much for that quiet Yankees winter. New York has finally made its move for a pitcher, agreeing to trade for right-hander Michael Pineda from the Mariners in exchange for top prospect Jesus Montero, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports. The Mariners will also get right-hander Hector Noesi, while right-hander Jose Campos goes the Yankees, Heyman reports. The deal is pending physicals.

Yankees' big night

Pineda, 22, went 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA for the Mariners last season, striking out 173 batters in 171 innings. The 6-foot-7 Pineda was an early front-runner for Rookie of the Year, going 8-6 with a 3.03 ERA in 18 starts in the first half of the season, but struggled down the stretch going 1-4 with a 5.12 ERA in 10 starts, despite his walk and strikeout rates remaining relatively steady during those two stretches. He also benefitted from the spacious Safeco Field, putting up a 2.92 ERA in 12 starts at home and a 4.40 ERA in 16 games on the road.

Montero, also 22, played in 18 games for the Yankees last season, hitting .328/.406/.590 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 18 games and 69 plate appearances. He started three games at catcher and 14 as the team's designated hitter. He also appeared in a game of the American League Division Series against the Tigers, hitting two singles in two plate appearances, driving in a run. In Triple-A, he hit .288/.348/.467 with 18 homers at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 

Montero has been seen as a finished product at the plate, but drew plenty of questions behind it. Many see the right-handed hitter as unable to catch every day in the big leagues and is better suited to being a full-time DH or first baseman.

Noesi will be 25 later this month and went 2-2 with a 4.47 ERA in 30 appearances for the Yankees in 2011, including two starts. Overal the he struck out 45 and walked 22 in 56 1/3 innings.

Campos, 19, went 5-5 with a 2.32 ERA at Low-A Everett, starting 14 games. He struck out 85 and walked 13 in 81 1/3 innings.

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Since: Jul 13, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:39 am
 

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

This appears to be a very good transaction for the Yankees.  Keep in mind that it comes with a heavy cost.
Jesus Montero is a pure hitter, the kind of pop that we haven't seen come through the minors since Robbie Cano.  
Hector Noesi is another talented pitcher, he has caught the eye of many GM's in baseball and was courted by a few
during the organizational meetings so he has perceived value.  Both of these players will make an immediate impact
in Seattle, and I hope they have long productive careers.

Which brings us to the Yankees.  Michael Pineda is a very talented young man with a cannon for an arm.  He obviously
tired throughout the second half of the season and maybe the lack of urgency to win in Seattle played into his second
half struggles.  In order for the Yankees to be the winners from this trade, Pineda will have to become the heir to CC's
throne as the number one starter for the Yankees.  He has "the goods," but a few other young arms that we have brought
up through our own system have shown promise only to slide out of elite contention.  

As a Yankee fan, I do like this move.  It is bold, and is pure proof that you have to give up talent in order to receive it.  I
believe that Jesus Montero is a special young hitter that will have a very good career.  He would've popped 30 homeruns in
a full season at Yankee Stadium this year.  However, as the Yankees carried the torch in the 1996-2000 era, the pitching staff
was the driving force.  Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope that Pineda and Campos have success in their new homes.  
Good luck to Jesus & Hector, may you lead Seattle back into contention. 



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:35 pm
 

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

Well, apparently you get enjoyment from smelling players' uniforms after games so why don't you give us a clue. We'll listen..... not.




Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 8:49 pm
 

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

Cashman must have secret photos of someone high up in the Mariner organization.   Absolute STEAL.    Seattle is on the joke end of a trade once again.  


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Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:21 pm
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Since: Sep 4, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:18 pm
 

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

I totally agree.  Montero is a great hitter.  I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up hitting 500 home runs.



Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:11 pm
 

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

Another good trade for the Yankees.  Cashman is so underrated; people think all he can do is spend the money.  I'm most intrigued (as a jealous Sox fan) of the Campos "throw-in" on tihs deal.  Pineda will be solid enough and NY doesn't need Montero's bat anytime soon.



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:18 pm
 

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

Rick Ankiel is a big strong kid with a great arm,, how did that work out? Comparing this kid to Nolan Ryan? You might be jumping the gun just a little.
Right, lets wait and see.



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:54 pm
 

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

Rick Ankiel is a big strong kid with a great arm,, how did that work out? Comparing this kid to Nolan Ryan? You might be jumping the gun just a little.



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:20 pm
 

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

Pineda is a terrific prospect, but I'd be a little worried. He started the year fantastically with an ERA a little over 2. Seattle spread out his starts and even though he had extra time his ERA rose to over 3.7. I'd also be a little weary of the sophmore slump, which seems to affect just about everyone. We'll have to wait and see how he performs in NY.
I agree with the wait and see. However, every pitcher in the history of baseball has gone through rookie and sophmore ups and downs. Nolan Ryan experienced this and the mets gave up on him and traded him for Jim Fregosi??? Look what happened. Ryan had an ERA of 3.97 in 1971 for the Mets, the next year, an ERA of 2.28 with the Angels. Think the Mets made a mistake???? Ryan and Pineda have the same traits, great + Arm, 2 + Pitches, size, strength, etc. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:02 pm
 

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

Montero has a huge upside & so does Pineda..However imo, Seattle will regret this trade


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