Mariners Land Jesus Montero, Send Michael Pineda to the Yankees in the Process

Jordan BallCorrespondent IJanuary 13, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05:  Jesus Montero #63 of the New York Yankees connects on a fifth inning home run against the Baltimore Orioles on September 5, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The blast was the first in the major leagues for Montero. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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CBS writer Jon Heyman confirmed that the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees have come to terms on a trade. The Yankees are sending rookie catcher Jesus Montero and pitcher Hector Noesi to the Mariners for starting pitcher Michael Pineda and minor league pitcher, Jose Campos.

The two big names, of course, are Montero and Pineda. Montero was the Yankee's number one prospect and spent 18 games in the big leagues towards the end of the season last year. In those 18 games, the young stud hit .328 with four home runs and 12 RBI. He is a perfect fit for the M's as they have lacked talent at catcher for over a decade. He also fits in with their youth movement and should plug in nicely this year in the three or four hole. The fact that he is right handed is also a good fit due to the struggles lefties face at Safeco Field. 

The downfall to them receiving this impact bat is giving up one of their most talented players in Michael Pineda. Pineda just came off an outstanding rookie season. In his first year, the 6'7", 270 pound righty started 28 games and came out with a 9-10 record. A quick glance at that win/loss doesn't do the guy justice; he did play for the worse offense in baseball in his defense.A more true testament to his skill level is his 3.74 ERA, 173 strikeouts, and the fact that he was named to the AL All-Star team (where he struck out the side in his one inning pitched).

Though the Mariners are losing someone who seemed to be a big part of their future, the Yankees gained just that with him. With the acquisition of Pineda, they now have succeeded in picking up a young gun that they have been so desperately in search of for the past few years. He will be a perfect fit between ace southpaw C.C. Sabathia and fellow lefty, Ivan Nova, who also just came off a spectacular rookie campaign. 


TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 19: Michael Pineda #36 of the Seattle Mariners throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during MLB action at The Rogers Centre July 19, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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Campos, who has only played as high as low A ball, was rated as high as the number five prospect for Seattle on some lists, but is supposed to take a while to develop seeing that he is only 19.

He was nonetheless swapped with Noesi, a 24 year old pitcher who is on the verge of becoming a big league starter. He made 30 appearances for the Yanks last season, but only two were starts. In those two starts he only pitched for a combined four and two thirds innings, so you can't really judge him off of those alone. He did have a very successful minor league career, however. Even though he will most certainly not be a Pineda, he does have a bright future and should have a shot at making the big league team out of Spring Training.

Who is the real winner of this trade? To me, I think both teams won. They both gave up good players, but in return they received something they needed much more.

For the star studded Yanks, they could afford to lose a bat if it means getting a starter who should be around for years to come.

With the M's, they gave up a young pitching stud, but they also are stocked full of those throughout their farm system. In return they got a bat who is supposed to be one of the next great things. Only time will tell how the two will perform.

Pineda faces an up hill battle in pitching in Yankee Stadium, but Montero will now be hitting in the definition of a pitcher's park. Either way though, both teams have come out as winners as both should equally help their respective teams as they fight for contention in this upcoming season. 


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