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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: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2012 7:35 am

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

I love this. I really do> The yankees do virtually nothing and they get creamed for being  cheap. They finally make a move  and they still get creamed for 1 reason or another.Everybody is assuming that Pineada is going to pitch great   for the Yankees . Good Remember Ed Whitson? Steve Stone? Black jack McDowell? Kei Igawa?Terry Mohoulland? Kevin Brown? ? All great pitchers   while on their original teams and all sucked when the Yankees got them.So who knows which  way Pineada will go? I hope he's a key in our drive for #28, but who really knows?And M's fans, its been said that yall have a lot of great pitching prospects, who knows, one of them might be better.

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 6:56 am

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

I would take a pitcher with great potential for a hitter with great potential any day of the week! The M's are crazy. I understand they lack in offense, but this is not how to approach such a problem, particularly with a player who is already slated as a DH. Yeah, he might learn to play 1st base, and may even someday play it well, but this was not a decision one would make knowledgeable in what it takes to build a team.

Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2012 6:56 am

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

hey ezmover2020, you say you are a FAN of the red sox but are kicking them to the curb to root for my rays. i think you meant FRONT  RUNNER NOT FAN

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 5:46 am

Trade Good for Both Teams

OK, so the Yanks will get quicker results from Pineda by making the playoffs without a sweat.  But the M's didnt do badly in this deal, either.  I loved Montero's bat.  I will draft him high during the upcoming fantasy baseball season because I am positive he will be a 30/100 guy at the plate.  So he can't play catcher; but he can flat out hit. He can learn  1B (because there is a good chance the  M's wont land Fielder) or he can DH.  He is certainly a better hitter than anyone on the Ms now  (with the exception of that pure hitter from Japan). This was one of those proverbial trades that was good for both teams.  

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 5:26 am

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda a fan of neither team, i'm shocked to see seattle part with Pineda.  After drafting Danny Hultzen from Virginia, i was looking at the mariners to have a nice young core rotation with felix, pineda and eventually hultzen.  I'm actually shocked to see them deal Pineda.  I wonder if something happened behind the scenes?  With a couple more years under his belt, he can become the ace of the yanks rotation!!!  Good move yanks.

Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:49 am

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

fuck! fuck! fuck! fuck! fuck! fuck! fuck! Mother fuck!!  What the fuck, M's?
Exactly my thoughts. What the hell is Zduriencit doing? Is he trying to get fired? Or is the Mariners organization just trying to suck on purpose?

Trading your young prospects EVERY SINGLE YEAR is NOT the way to win baseball games. We've been 'rebuilding' now for 10 years....since when is rebuilding trading your best young players?

Please tell me how this trade makes sense. The Yankees, once again, just completely ripped off the's for another decade of rough baseball in Seattle. 

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:26 am

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

Talk about a wait and see move. Maybe this will be another Mariner blunder OR the next Jay Buhner.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:22 am

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

Pineda  is an elite young SP & trading him will probably be a huge blunder.As a Boston fan(on the verge of kicking them to the curb for the Rays) I'm not happy to see NY get this guy at all.Montero is also a great young catcher & I hope he winds up making NY regret this trade.

Foolish Mariners.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:13 am

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

Great in Seattle????????   It's been a LONG TIME since that word was used describing a Mariner! Montero has got a ton of upside. Now the fans have three or four players they can cheer for!  It'll be interesting to see how Pineda reacts to having some type of RUN SUPPORT!!!!!!!!  He might win 30 games!!!  I bet he's in a REALLY-REALLY GOOD MOOD NOW! Can't wait to see them play- who are the M's fans gonna boo more---him or A=Wod?   Cool

Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 3:25 am

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

Yeah, Spanky, but the M's need to get BETTER than last season (not saying too much)  not worse.  This organization should be DESPERATE for every freaking win they can get. Every win!!  Don't trade away talent. Be greedy with it, like winning organizations do.  Don't settle for a family friendly, middle of the road, who gives a crap if we actually ever win anything organization. Maybe Pineda will suck next year, but shiznit, maybe he'll turn into a dominating pitcher. He has the physical tools. My point is, why are we trading away a player with  such  huge upside? Let's keep players like Pineda and build around them.  Now, if Montero can provide a big bat for the M's, and we can get someone to play leftfield, and we can somehow pull a few more quality arms out of thin air, maybe this young team can improve next season. But this move makes me think that the Mariners organization falls into the category of teams that just bow down to other teams that actually want to friggin win something, not just sell garlic fries at Safeco and jerseys in Japan (nuthin but love Japan) Good luck, Mariners. Don't worry, I'll be a die hard fan for life.  RIP Halman.

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