Well, we got that number two starter. From Sports Illustrated:
The New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners have agreed to a deal that will send Jesus Montero out west and Michael Pineda to the Bronx, according to several reports.
A blockbuster to say the least and certainly one that will divide Yankee-fan opinion for quite some time. Montero, 22, a future MVP-candidate in the making swapped for Pineda, 22, a future Cy Young-candidate in the making towards the end of an otherwise uneventful off-season. Crazy.
Let’s start with the good here: Pineda is a major upgrade over every member of the Yankees prospective 2012 rotation with the exception of CC Sabathia. The massive right-hander has some of the best stuff in the league and is under team control for the next five years (cheap for the next two at the very least). In 171 innings last season he pitched to a 3.74 ERA and 3.42 FIP, striking out 173 and walking only 55. He provides the Yankees with a legitimate 1-2 punch in the near future, an heir to Sabathia in the long-term.
Also heading to New York will be 19-year-old Venezuelan right-hander Jose Campos. Like Pineda, Campos has front of the rotation stuff and at just 18, dominated A-ball last season to the tune of a 2.32 ERA and 6.54 K/BB ratio in 14 starts. He should enter next season as the systems fourth or fifth best prospect with Montero out of the picture.
The downside, of course, is moving Montero. The top prospect in the system for the past few seasons and a ballplayer most scouts see as a potential impact middle of the order bat. It was hard not to get excited about a full season of Jesus in 2012 and now with him headed to Safeco, there is a hole at the DH position in the short-term, a gaping hole in this teams offensive core in the long-term. While the Yankees were perhaps not such a great fit for Montero at the big league level, it still hurts giving up a player with his kind of upside.
Hector Noesi will also be headed to Seattle. By all accounts a future big league starter, Noesi was somewhat lost in the shuffle with Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, but the loss of depth will be felt.
At face value, this is a fairly even swap of talent, one that could quite easily help both teams, New York in need of pitching and the Mariners in need of offense. The two players the same ages, one under control for 5 years, one under control for 6, with similarly massive ceilings. In the short term, the Yankees get the second starter they needed, the Mariners get another offensive piece. In the long term, who knows? The addition of Jose Campos makes this trade look substantially better though, and ultimately I’d caution Yankees fans to give this package some time before mourning too heavily the lost of Montero.
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