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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: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2012 3:24 am
 

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

you still had more room for a whole lotta F Bombs!  The M's need about 15 more guys like Montero- but they had to start somewhere!



Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:58 am
 

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

WOW origiro, come in off the ledge man, its not the end of the world...its not like they gave away Felix...



Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:54 am
 

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

Ask me how good this deal is for either team in 2 years, or 5 years...nobody knows s&*t right now, Poneada was great last year...at Safeco, lets see how he does pitching in Baltimore, and Yankee Stadium, and Toronto, and Fenway (all bandboxes btw), they aint Safeco, and Montero id what the Ms need.  But please , oh please Jack, don't give up on Prince, we need him too...GO Ms!!!



Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:41 am
 

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

fuck! fuck! fuck! fuck! fuck! fuck! fuck! Mother fuck!!  What the fuck, M's?!  



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Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:21 am
 

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

 - Alex's MVP years ended when he lost his needle. You wont see him more than half a season the rest of his time in NY, his body is breaking down and his production will go with it. 



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:19 am
 

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

Keep this fact in mind.. I am in a long term keeper league and I have Pineda for $4, this is like a second christmas for me.. but this is baseball not fantasy.. I cant even begin to think what the Mariner's GM is thinking here. Montero is a sweet player, but Pineda and Felix are the two players on your team that should never move. Pitching is such a commodity. I dont like this trade for Mariner fans, but I'll take it for my fantasy team. 



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:08 am
 

Yankees agree to trade Montero for Pineda

I like the move from both sides. The M's needed a catcher that can hit.......well a hitter period. They are loaded at pitching with having young arms in the minors to make this type of move. Pineada is going to be good (which he proved the 1st half of last season), but Montero should be good as well and fill a positional need. Now if the M's can open their pocket book a dig deep and bring Prince over now we are talking.



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