Felix Hernandez to the New York Yankees rumors have floated around for years, and now the Yankees have brought in a big-name pitcher from the Seattle Mariners. It is not Hernandez, but the Yankees are still getting a potential ace.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees have acquired Michael Pineda in return for top prospect Jesus Montero. Greg Johns of MLB.com has reported that the Yankees will send Hector Noesi to the Mariners and that Jose Campos will head to New York.
Pineda wowed fans and scouts with his impressive performance last season. The 22-year-old had a 3.74 ERA in 28 starts. His strong first half landed him a spot on the American League All-Star team, and he finished fifth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting.
This deal addresses the pressing need that the Yankees had for a top starter who could push them over the edge. The team's rotation will now feature an elite top four of CC Sabathia, Pineda Ivan Nova and the recently signed Hiroki Kuroda.
Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett and Freddy Garcia will be fighting it out for the last spot in the rotation. It is possible that the Yankees could look to trade A.J. Burnett now that they have brought in Pineda.
The other player that the Yankees acquired, Jose Campos, is a 19-year-old pitcher. He spent all of the 2011 season in Low-A ball. Campos started 14 games and had a 2.32 ERA to go along with a 9.4 K/9 rate and a 1.4 BB/9 rate.
For the Mariners, this deal gives them the power hitter that they sorely needed. Montero is one of the game's top prospects heading into 2012, and he has a lot of power potential.
Montero was impressive during his time in Triple-A, and once he was called up to the majors, he showed off his power by hitting four home runs in 61 at-bats.
Hector Noesi is a young starter that could begin the year in the Seattle Mariners' starting rotation. He is 24 years old and spent most of the year in the Yankees bullpen, but he was a starter for most of his minor league career.