Go west, young man, go west. That's Montero’s destiny.
It was finally fulfilled today, when the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners partnered up again for a trade involving Jesus Montero. No, King Felix was not involved. Instead, the No. 2 ace and Rookie of the Year candidate, Michael Pineda, was the headliner, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.
The Yankees shipped off Montero and Hector Noesi. Noesi saw a few spot starts in the end of the regular season, but mostly long relief last year. In return, they received right Michael Pineda and pitching prospect Jose Campos.
At first, I didn’t really like the trade. I have been hearing about Montero and how great he is for the past few years now, and he immediately delivered when he was called up.
Putting my feelings aside, and looking at what the Yankees need, I realized this was a great move for the Yankees. They have plenty of hitting right now, and they have an everyday catcher in Russell Martin and Francisco Cervelli at backup.
As far as catching prospects go, the Yankees STILL top that list. With Austin Romine waiting in the wings, and Gary Sanchez (supposedly the best out of Montero, Romine and himself) working his way up, the position is still strong.
Young, talented pitching is something you cannot pass up. In the rotation right now, the Yankees have Ivan Nova (24) and Michael Pineda (23), and they were still able to hold on to the "Killer Bs."
Not very long after this deal was finalized, the Yankees continued to make moves, signing veteran starter Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year deal, rumored to be in the $10-11 million range, according to Jack Curry of The YES Network.
Who will be the Yankees 5th starter?
This is a very smart deal for the Yankees: very low risk, only one year and not major money. Kuroda has been consistent over the past several seasons, and he will bring another veteran anchor into the rotation.
With things as they are today, the Yankees have one of the top rotations in the MLB.
1. CC Sabathia
2. Hiroki Kuroda
3. Michael Pineda
4. Ivan Nova
5. A.J. Burnett/Freddy Garcia/Phil Hughes (may the best man win)
Dealing Montero creates a minor hole for the Yankees to plug, however. Now, they are in need of a DH most likely. But don’t expect them to go for a full-time DH, seeing as how Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter will likely need to use the spot fairly often to get some rest.
Instead, it seems more likely the Yankees will look for a DH/3B or DH/SS or DH/OF.