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Savvy Yankees hit home run with Pineda, Kuroda

Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:40 pm
 
Their winter hibernation just ended. And just like that, the New York Yankees made themselves into AL East favorites.

Adding Michael Pineda from Seattle has all the earmarks of acquiring a young CC Sabathia or, ahem, Felix Hernandez -- the ace the Mariners wouldn't trade.

Adding Hiroki Kuroda on a one-year, $10 million deal adds the kind of rotation depth they could only dream of last summer -- and, presumably, a right-hander with more staying power than Bartolo Colon had.

"Wow," one scout said Friday night. "They've been laying in the weeds. They hadn't done anything."

Yes. Hadn't.

Though the Yankees gave up a consensus future star in young slugger-to-be Jesus Montero, exactly the kind of young bat the Mariners need and a great move for them, Pineda and Kuroda join CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett and maybe even Freddy Garcia in giving the Yankees the talent, depth and clout their rotation needs to take them deep into October.

Just a few days after meeting with the representatives for free agent Edwin Jackson, the Yankees became the talk of the industry on what had been a slow Friday night with their stealth move for Pineda, who, at 22, already is within sight of becoming an ace.

"He's got that kind of stuff," a scout who spent part of last summer focusing on AL West clubs said Friday night. "If you wanted to be conservative, he's a No. 2. He's got velocity, he came up with a slider that got better and better last year and he throws strikes. When he gives up a home run or a hard-hit ball, it does not chase him out of the strike zone.

"He's got that rare combination of stuff and control. He's young, he's not afraid, he's big, he's still growing and he's got makeup. He's a prize.

"And the Yankees will have, what, five years of control over him? He's the kind of guy you build around. Holy cow."

The Mariners were worried about rushing him too quickly last summer when they installed him into their rotation coming out of spring training. He pretty much immediately showed them, no sweat.

By season's end, over 28 starts, he struck out 173 hitters while walking just 55 over 171 innings. His average fastball was clocked at 94.7 m.p.h., according to FanGraphs.

What's notable about that? The fastballs of only three other AL starters checked in higher: Texas' Alexi Ogando, Detroit's Justin Verlander and Tampa Bay's David Price.

Kuroda? He turns 37 next month. But he gave the Dodgers 202 innings in 2011, going 13-16 with a 3.07 ERA. He's a competitor with fierce pride.

"Solid No. 3," the scout said. "He throws strikes, he's got good stuff, a crisp fastball that's deceptive and he throws harder than people think. He's at 90 to 94 with sink down in the zone, a crisp breaking ball and a good split.

"He's got out pitches. I'd love to have Kuroda."

Now the Yankees do. And Pineda. And Sabathia and Nova and Hughes and Burnett. ...

And as they search for a hitter, for now, they've still got 6-8 right-hander Dellin Betances and lefty Manny Banuelos, who opened many eyes last spring.

"Hanging onto Betances and Banuelos [and with Pineda on board], they've got three young-gun studs who should pitch for them for a long time," the scout said. "And Nova's not that old and Hughes isn't that old.

"They've got the makings of a young, under-control staff."

Yeah, sure, why not? On a night on which the Yankees proved they're not sleeping through the winter, why not add to their opponents' misery just a little bit more?
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Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:48 am
 

Savvy Yankees hit home run with Pineda, Kuroda

Typical NY hype.  what has pineda done?  lost more than he's won and has an era over 3.5. But wait!  you'll see he's the next sabathia, the nextrandy johnson or walter johnson for that matter.  give me a break thats why  i always detested NY media and its fans and i grew up in NYC and have been a Boston fan since 71.  Pineda has done nothing...yet.  its all hype and promise.  like hughes.and hiroda? oh yeah thats it that clinched the division for yanks 38 yr japanese retread has pushed the yanks over the edge.I heard theyre goin after blyleven too. that'll give 'em a hallof famer on staff to go with at least 5 future HOF pitchers.   


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Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 11:57 pm
 

Savvy Yankees hit home run with Pineda, Kuroda

As a Dodgers fan I loved Kuroda but I just don't think he's going to succeed with the Yanks. He didn't pitch very well outside of Dodger Stadium which we all know is a pitcher's ballpark, a lot different from pitching in the new Yankee Stadium, plus the better hitting found in the AL as opposed to the NL. I hope he succeeds but I'm doubtful.



Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 11:31 pm
 

Savvy Yankees hit home run with Pineda, Kuroda

Boy as a Seattle Mariner fan it is tough to see Pineida get traded away, but they really need to get hitting in there lineup and they dont have a chance of landing Fielder with Nintendo the one paying the bills. Yanks got a great deal, and barring injury a big pitching star. M's did well with Montero especially if he doesnt work at catcher they can DH him or get him to play some 1B. What I do like about this is when C Lee was playing for the M's they had a trade in the works with the Yanks to get  Montero but that didnt work and then they ended up getting Smoak who they really wanted. Well now they got them both and if they can both do what people have thought they would do it would be the  a very good trade for both teams. They each get what they really need and are desperate for!! Go M's!!!



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 9:58 pm
 

Savvy Yankees hit home run with Pineda, Kuroda

The Saint  Cardinals are WORLD CHAMPIONS 2011 !!! deal with that. and your beloved Yanks trail both CARDS&REDSOX in titles since AFRAUD showed up,deal with that too!!

He won't deal with that because he'll talk about the Yankees pre world ward victories before he admits they aren't what they used to be.

 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 8:02 pm
 

Savvy Yankees hit home run with Pineda, Kuroda

The Tigers beat us barely in the Playoffs and we went out and got 2 more starters our only weakness.The Sox's have done nothing but LOSE Pap,Francona and Epstien and Replaced EPPY with Valentine.The Tigers have done nothing,so iff they win the AL WORST,they will not beat us this year.

How many rings do you get for "barely" losing?  And if you tell me Fister isn't a proven starter then tell me how a rookie who had a 5.30 era over the last 3 months and a 36 year old National League pitcher are proven?

Moron.  You're so inconsistent it's not even fun making you look stupid anymore. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 7:59 pm
 

Savvy Yankees hit home run with Pineda, Kuroda

SAINTS/PATS PARLEY


Brian.  Who are you trying to fool man?  You're not a gambler.  If you were, you would know how to spell "parlay"...

LOL 



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 6:34 pm
 

Savvy Yankees hit home run with Pineda, Kuroda

The Saint Louis Cardinals are WORLD CHAMPIONS 2011 !!! deal with that. and your beloved Yanks trail both CARDS&REDSOX in titles since AFRAUD showed up,deal with that too!!



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 6:32 pm
 

Savvy Yankees hit home run with Pineda, Kuroda

I personally think Montero could be a BETTER version of Victor Martinez.  But the Yankees needed pitching and pitching is what they got.  Well done.

The pressure is now back on Boston to upgrade their rotation.


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