New York Yankees Trade Jesus Montero to Seattle Mariners for Michael Pineda

By Craig Williams

According to Jon Heyman, the New York Yankees have traded C/DH Jesus Montero to the Seattle Mariners for RHP Michael Pineda.  As you know, Jesus Montero was likely to spend most of his time as the teams designated hitter while occasionally spelling Russell Martin behind the dish.  In a short September stint (61 at-bats) the top prospect showed off his big power potential with four home runs and a .590 slugging percentage.  Of course the line he posted was very unlikely to be sustained over a full season in 2012, but it serves as a glimpse of what the New York Yankees are giving up.  Michael Pineda was one of the top rookies in the game in 2011 and will (hopefully) provide an upgrade to a rotation that lacks much power beyond CC Sabathia.  In 171 innings, the 6’5″ right-hander delivered a 3.74 ERA/3.42 FIP while striking out 9.11 per nine innings.  This is very fresh at the moment so I don’t have much to say other than that I don’t like this move.  I will definitely provide some personal analysis and response once the news settles in though.  Stay tuned.

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