In the biggest trade of this offseason, the New York Yankees sent Jesus Montero, their supposed "catcher of the future," and pitcher Hector Noesi to Seattle for starting pitcher Michael Pineda and minor league pitcher Jose Campos.
Though he's only 23 years old, Pineda already has shown just how talented he is. He could be this franchise's future ace.
As a rookie last season, he went 8-6 with a 3.03 ERA in the first half, earning an All-Star berth as a replacement for Justin Verlander. However, he won just one game in the second half, going winless in his final seven starts as the Mariners decrease his workload to keep his arm healthy.
Still, despite pitching for the offensively-challenged Mariners, Pineda managed to finish 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA, 173 strikeouts and just 55 walks in 171 innings.
With the Yankees, he'll be in the middle of a stacked rotation, with CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes and Freddy Garcia (should they need to start him).
He'll also receive plenty run support from guys like Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez.
Pineda is someone to definitely watch. He has a powerful arm (his fastball averages 94.2 mph) and good command. He's a force that should not be taken lightly in 2012 and beyond.