Buried within Jon Heyman’s (SI) latest writeup on the Roy Halladay trade, we find the following item regarding Yankee super prospect, Jesus Montero. According to Heyman, for Toronto’s 32-year old ace, “[i]ndications are the Yankees offered a package that included top catching prospect Jesus Montero as the centerpiece.” With this information in hand, one can then assume that a deal wasn’t reached with Toronto because the Yankees were likely hesitant to offer either Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes, along with Montero (who the Blue Jays reportedly coveted). While we can certainly debate the Yankees’ continued commitment to retaining Hughes and Chamberlain (again), the team’s alleged willingness to include Montero, their most touted hitting prospect, in a deal for Halladay is much more interesting.
The main source of intrigue revolves around the Yankees’ long-term evaluation of the 20-year old Montero as a catcher in the Majors. As stated by Patrick Teale of Scout.com, although “Montero gets unfairly knocked for his defensive game when he has the basic foundations to be more than a serviceable big league catcher someday,” there are some red flags concerning his mobility behind the dish. “He is so big,” notes Teale, “his flexibility and agility aren’t up to par with other defenders and that could be a problem long-term.” This, then, the possibility of outgrowing his current position, is a significant concern for the Yankees, as Montero’s value — particularly his boundless potential as a powerful RBI producer — is intimately tied to his role as a catcher (like center field, it is a premium position). If Montero is projected to be nothing more than a first baseman — we don’t need one of those, obviously — or a designated hitter, which is often very accessible via free agency, then his value to the organization would reduce dramatically.
Perhaps the Yankees think that this outcome is the likelier scenario, explaining why the club would be willing to include the formerly untouchable Montero in a prospect-driven package for the right-handed Halladay. If Montero cannot be the Yankees’ future catcher or first baseman due to both defensive and contractual issues, then, presumably, the Yankees would be more inclined to make him available, especially for a pitcher of Halladay’s caliber (though I think it’s best for the team to employ the “wait and see” approach with regards to Montero’s catching). This appears to be the only explanation as to why the Yankees would actually trade their organization’s acclaimed catching prospect.
That and the fact that Roy Halladay is an extremely good pitcher, of course (and to get, one has to give).
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