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It's not often in Major League Baseball that two teams engage in a trade involving what amounts to an even-up exchange for young talent.
But that's what took place on Jan. 23 when the New York Yankees traded promising catching prospect Jesus Montero along with pitcher Hector Noesi to the Seattle Mariners for pitcher Michael Pineda and minor leaguer Jose Campos.
Montero shined during his September call-up last year, hitting .328 with four HR and 12 RBI in 18 games.
Pineda finished fifth in AL Rookie of the Year Award balloting after posting a 9-10 record and 3.74 ERA in 28 starts. However, Pineda struggled in the second half, posting a 1-4 record and 5.12 ERA in 10 starts after the All-Star break.
Pineda struggled during spring training to gain velocity and was placed on the disabled in late March after complaining of pain behind his right shoulder. He was eventually shut down for the season after being diagnosed with a labrum tear in his right shoulder that required surgery.
Montero has had his ups and downs in his first full season in Seattle, hitting .245 with eight HR and 28 RBI, splitting his time between catcher and designated hitter.
Noesi has pretty much been a disaster, posting a 2-11 record and 5.77 ERA in 17 starts.
New York Yankees Grade: F
Seattle Mariners: D+
So far, this trade hasn't really done wonders for either team. It could certainly be considered incomplete based on Pineda's season-ending surgery, and a true grade really can't be determined until he returns. But in grading how it's working out right now, I'm sticking with the above.