New York Yankees: Michael Pineda Sent to New York for Jesus Montero

Phillip BrownSenior Analyst IIJanuary 14, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 27:  Michael Pineda #36 of the Seattle Mariners delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Safeco Field on August 27, 2011 in Seattle, WA. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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I hate to say I told you so, but I was bashed on November 22nd when I said the Yankees should trade Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda.

Well, that trade just happened, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Here's the full trade:

Yankees Get: Michael Pineda and Jose Campos

Mariners Get: Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi

The New York Yankees will be getting a 6'7", 260-pound 22-year-old righty who can hit 99 mph and has no injury history. Those do not turn up very often.

Pineda seemed to wear down as the season went on, but that's expected from young pitchers. He posted a 3.03 ERA in 113 innings before the All-Star break and finished with a respectable 3.74 ERA.

He also has excellent peripherals with a 9.1 K/9, 3.15 K/BB and .211 BAA. He did have a worryingly low 36 percent groundball rate and 0.95 HR/9 in his first season in the majors, but with another year under his belt, he should be able to correct that.

Larry Rothschild is one of the best pitching coaches in the business, and he should be great for Pineda's development.

Michael Pineda will create quite the young pitching quartet when he joins Ivan Nova, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances in New York so the Yankees' already bright looking rotation looks even better in the near future.

This takes the Yankees out of the hunt for Matt Garza, Edwin Jackson, Roy Oswalt and Hiroki Kuroda, but Cole Hamels and Matt Cain remain possibilities for next offseason.

The New York Yankees did give up quite a bit. Jesus Montero looked fantastic in his short stint in New York, but he does not have a position. He does not have the footwork or agility to catch, Mark Teixeira is locked in at first base, I doubt he can play in the outfield, and Alex Rodriguez has DH locked up until 2017.

Most Yankee fans said they would only trade Montero for somebody like Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez or Tim Lincecum, but the fact is none of those players will be traded, and Brian Cashman went out and got a very young and promising pitcher for the future of their franchise.

Some people will hate this trade, but personally, I love it. Montero may be a great player in the future, but he has no position, and Michael Pineda has "future ace" written all over him.

I'm just glad Brian Cashman and Jack Zduriencik got over the Cliff Lee trade debacle and came together to make this trade happen.