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Let's get the one out the way that brings us here in the first place.
Only time will tell how this trade will be viewed going forward. Will it be the Mariners traded Michael Pineda or the the Yankees traded Jesus Montero away? Both players are very talented at the moment and it could turn out to benefit both teams, but pitchers are just as hard to project as hitters.
The Yankees and Mariners have depth at the positions they traded away, so the move makes sense in that regard. The Yankees have Austin Romine in Triple-A, who is considered to be better defensively than Montero, and also Russell Martin and Francisco Cervelli in New York, who did great work in 2011.
The Mariners have a lot of pitching depth, including the addition of Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, but Pineda would have certainly been a better long-term in that rotation.
Pineda did struggle in the second half of the season, posting a 3-8 record with a 4.74 ERA in his final 17 starts. That is the most worrisome stat line to me and it could mean he will start in Triple-A if he does not impress in spring training.
The Yankees are stockpiling pitchers this offseason because they certainly have some question marks in the rotation.
While Ivan Nova had an unbelievable season, no pitcher is immune to struggles and teams will start to figure out what he's got. Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett also had a tough time keeping their ERA's down, and one can only hope Freddy Garcia can reach 12 wins again like he did in 2011.
With Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda, who has been one of the more consistent Japanese pitchers in recent memory, the Yankees have options that do not necessarily need to be exhausted out of spring training.
They are not the most glamorous moves, but they should help a pitching staff that struggled in the postseason.
The Mariners really swooped in and made a good deal. The fact that they were able to pry Jesus Montero away, who is known for having a great bat and will likely be the teams DH, could pay massive dividends in the years to come.