Friday night the Seattle Mariners announced they plan to send pitcher Michael Pineda and Single-A pitching prospect Jose Campos to the New York Yankees in exchange for the highly-touted catcher Jesus Montero and pitcher Hector Noesi (via ESPN).
The implications of this potential deal are massive for both teams, and a great debate will surely ensue in an attempt to declare one team the winner.
I call it a potential deal because it isn't official yet—per Seattle General Manager Jack Zduriencik's normal process regarding acquisitions, physicals for all of the players in the deal must be swapped before anything is made final or the team even speaks about it.
With that said, we can expect everything to check out relatively soon and the trade to go through.
I, for one, am still easing out of shock when I first heard about the deal. Michael Pineda had quickly become near and dear to my heart as a future franchise pitcher.
It's sad to see him go, but I am more concerned with how this unforeseen deal of sizable magnitude will affect the baseball scene in Seattle than I am with what Pineda's future will look like with the Evil Empire.
Here are five reasons why the Montero-for-Pineda swap is the right move for the Mariners.