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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

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,'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: Jan 14, 2012
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:40 pm

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

class of the american league? i beg to differ!!. we won the era title last year and will do so again. best pitching staff in baseball resides in halonation!

As for the trade, yanks got gary sanchez they are grooming and its good to see pineda leave the divsion as did gio and cj wilson(came to us).

when does baseball start? lol

Since: Sep 4, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:38 pm

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

Wow.  The Yankees are going to regret this.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:19 pm

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

In the end it really all depends how their careers progress. Both have amazing potential, the only downside about Montero is that he doesn't play any position at a major league level. That's probably why the Yankees have been pushing him so hard, you can't have a perfectly healthy kid clogging up you DH slot when A-Rod and Tex are banged up every October. They are gonna need a lot more ABs at DH this season to stay healthy come playoffs next season and now they can.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:09 pm

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

So much for Jesus Montero being "untouchable" huh?

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:07 pm

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

Seattle fans seem miffed. For a team with incredible pitching depth, you've picked up bats like Trayvon Robinson, Casper Wells, Francisco Martinez and Jesus Montero in the last 6 months, not to mention Charlie Furbush, Chance Ruffin, and the theft of Luke French for Jarrod Washburn (French is a bonus if he ever amounts to anything).

Blake Beavan comes more into the picture as part of the haul from Cliff Lee, which also included Justin Smoak and prospect Matt Lawson, plus an arm that has now been flipped to Tampa for John Jaso.

The M's weren't set to compete in 2012 anyway. I like this group of bats they've picked up over the last year and a half. Add the arms, and the eventual bullpen boost from Chance Ruffin, etc., and the new M's front office seems to have successfully banished the memory of the Eric Bedard deal.

Fister pitched WAY over his head in Detroit. Seattle fans pining for him are mistaken and will get that reminder in June, especially if Furbush is in the rotation and Wells is in the outfield.

Great moves by the Seattle front office.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:50 pm

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

On a side note I just traded Pineda for Kinsler and Gallardo in a keeper pool, sell em while their high!!!!

Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:37 pm

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

The Yanks new Pitching lineup [has] the potential to be the equal of the Phillies,

Still some ways to go to get there, mai, though you may have moved a bit closer. I'll still take our top four over yours for this coming season.

. .if the Yank pitchers all pitch to their max potential.

Of course, that almost never happens with most teams.  You'll need to coax another good year out of both Kuroda and Garcia (we won't talk about Burnett). 

But, I admit, certainly a better rotation for you than last year.

I Agree with you there Argo, however, the Yanks staff just got younger, while the core of the Phils staff is aging. There is still lots of upside for the Yanks young pitchers, Hughs, Nova, Pineda. And if one of the prospects comes through, look out!!!! Anyhow, this staff should be the class of the American League.

Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:29 pm

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

*sigh*.  I live in Seattle.  Please compare Pineda's stats of this year to Felix's stats of 2008.  Same age.  Nearly same stats.  Stats aside, watch Pineda.  He's the same caliber as Felix, same kind of competitive killer mindset that you can see in the body language.  Even if Montero turns out to be the next Edgar Martinez.....we lose.  

Since: Oct 27, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:26 pm

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

As a Yankees fan, I LOVE this trade. Everyone with knowledge of the sport knows that the Yankees only have 1 proven starter right now. As for the combination of Nova, Hughes and Burnett begind CC, I don't hear any other teams boots shaking. I am a big believer in track records and if you go back and look at the vast majority of the stud players in the sport.....they were always stud players. While Montero's minor league numbers are good and has the look of becomeing a solid long term offensive threat, pitching wins and is harder to buy then a bat, and Pineda's numbers have been consistently excellent. 

If you look at Pineda's numbers you see a guy who has consistently averaged a K an inning, gives up much less than a hit an inning, averages just over 2BB's per 9 (it was a 3BB's per 9 innings last year but he was a rookie and I would gladly take that for a guy who avg's over 9k's per 9 innings) and other than last year has always had a winning record (even though W's can be a fluky stat it's still indicative of a succesful pitcher on the whole).

At the end of the day you have a young, powerful bodied, strike out pitcher with good control and the ability to keep getting better. I'll take that 6 days a week and twice on Sunday over a young bat with no real defensive position. Just my opinion.

Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:22 pm

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

Gintsboii, you make some good points. I guess it will take time to see how this trade pans out. Both teams found a need with the trade. I did like Montero and I hate to see him go. The Yankees are known for dealing away high-regarded prospects and they have had some bad luck lately with free agent pitchers with the exception of Sabathia (Burnett, Igawa, Kevin Brown, to name a few).

I think the Mariners will b ea better team with Montero. He might not be a good catcher, but his bat will find a place in the Mariner's lineup. Seattle seems deep at catcher with Olivo and Jaso, so Montero might be a DH at first.  

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