Mariners, Yankees Swap Pineda For Montero

The Mariners needed hitting, the Yankees needed pitching.  The two teams addressed each other's needs in a blockbuster trade of young stars, as right-handers Michael Pineda and Jose Campos will go to the Bronx in exchange for catcher/DH Jesus Montero and righty Hector Noesi.  Both teams confirmed the trade this afternoon.

Pineda

The Yankees re-signed C.C. Sabathia and Freddy Garcia this winter, but those moves amounted to just standing pat with a rotation that (after Sabathia) contained several question marks.  In Pineda, however, the Yankees now have one of the top young arms in the game and one who has already showed he can perform at the Major League level.  Pineda (pictured) posted a 3.74 ERA, a 3.15 K/BB ratio and a 9.1 K/9 rate in 28 starts last season, earning an All-Star appearance and a fifth-place finish in the AL Rookie Of The Year vote.  Pineda recently turned 23 and is under club control through 2016.

Campos, 19, is another intriguing young arm.  John Sickels of Minor League Ball ranked Campos as the fifth-best prospect in Seattle's system going into 2012, noting that while Campos' secondary pitches need some polish, "his upside is very high, he throws hard, and already throws strikes."  Campos is coming off a dominant campaign in low Class-A ball in 2011, posting a 2.32 ERA and a whopping 6.54 K/BB in 14 starts.  Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears from an NL executive that if Campos was in this year's amateur draft, "he is [a] no-doubt top-10 pick" (Twitter link).

Montero was a top-four prospect in both 2010 and 2011 according to Baseball America and the 22-year-old showed why when he posted a .996 OPS in 69 September plate appearances.  Montero was drafted as a catcher but questions about his defensive capabilities had several pundits projecting his long-term future to be at designated hitter or first base.  In New York, these spots will be blocked by Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez for the next several seasons, but the bat-starved Mariners have plenty of room in the lineup.  Montero immediately projects as Seattle's probable #3 hitter, splitting time between DH and catcher, and it's easy to see Montero hitting behind Dustin Ackley for years to come.

Montero was very nearly a Mariner in July 2010, as he headlined a prospect package the Yankees were ready to send to Seattle for Cliff Lee.  The M's, however, pulled out of that trade and ended up dealing Lee to the Rangers.  Yankees management was reportedly upset that the Mariners pulled out of the deal at the last minute, but whatever hard feelings existed between the two clubs clearly weren't enough to keep them from doing business 18 months later.

Noesi appeared in 30 games for New York last season (two of them starts), posting a 4.47 ERA and a 2.05 K/BB ratio.  Noesi turns 25 later this month and amassed impressive numbers over six seasons in the Yankee farm system.  Noesi should get a shot at filling Pineda's rotation spot in Seattle and could blossom at pitcher-friendly Safeco Field. 

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com was the first to announce the trade as official, with MLB.com's Greg Johns adding Campos and Noesi's involvement.  ESPN's Jerry Crasnick first heard of a "significant trade" involving a "young impact hitter" coming to the Mariners earlier today, and Larry Stone of the Seattle Times was the first to cite Pineda and Montero in the deal, as he had heard "rumblings in that direction."

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560 Comments on "Mariners, Yankees Swap Pineda For Montero"


95isOver
3 years 6 months ago

Good for both sides.

Edit: 1st! :)

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

Congratulations! So much for the “quiet” Yankees offseason…

Infield Fly
3 years 6 months ago

Well now…I guess we just learned how “untouchable” Montero really was!

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

Montero was never Untouchable alone. What Cashman said was Untouchable was trading 2 of Montero, Betances and Banuelos for 1 player (or I should really say 1 pitcher).

$1519287
3 years 6 months ago

Maybe so, but from what I recall “not untouchable alone” was something that came about more recently. For quite some time it was as if he could not be touched. How time flies!

Infield Fly
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah – even last offseason. I don’t necessarily see that as a knock on him though.

metsman
3 years 6 months ago

now the Yankees only have two blue chip catchers, must be tough.

Infield Fly
3 years 6 months ago

Awful! The Mets would be lucky to have such a “hardship.” :p

3 years 6 months ago

So, your complaining that the Yankees are not planning for a future.  You must be a met fan.

metsman
3 years 6 months ago

Or maybe you’re to dim too understand sarcasm…a typical yankee fan, unable to show any grace with regard to the good fortune their franchise has…

jamison_m
3 years 6 months ago

I was thinking the same thing about Michael Pineda haha

diesel2410
3 years 6 months ago

No I still think Seattle got shafted 

nepp
3 years 6 months ago

They got royally shafted.  A future DH/1B is not good value for a future Ace.

3 years 6 months ago

And they had to throw In Campos, which seems completely unnecessary.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 6 months ago

I like how all DH/1B are suddenly bad players now

3 years 6 months ago

Saying he’s a future ace without a formidable changeup is an extremely bold prediction.

3 years 6 months ago

Saying he’s a future ace without a formidable changeup is an extremely bold prediction.

Robert5286
3 years 6 months ago

Seattle are idiots! Trading Fister and Pineda with in ten months will devastate the franchise for years to come. Had they kept both, and signed C.J. Wilson, or even Kuroda, along with Hernandez,they could have had a real shot this season. At this point, they may as well trade Felix,too.

3 years 6 months ago

Seattle has among the deepest pitching in the minor leagues of all of baseball. They have Hultzen, Paxton, Taijuan Walker, just to name a few. They are loaded with pitching.  They get back Noesi who can take Pineda’s place in the lineup.  I think this was a fair trade for both sides, with both teams addressing needs.  This really could turn out either way, depending on future development of Montero/Pineda which is almost impossible to predict

3 years 6 months ago

with all the pitching comeing up they could afford to trade pineda. they had felix,lee,bedard,fister and vargas at one time ans couldnt win with that beacause they had no offense. trade needed to be done.

imachainsaw
3 years 6 months ago

fly ball pitcher going to yankee bandbox, nope.
but then again montero probably isn’t going to be great in safeco either soo…

nepp
3 years 6 months ago

Safeco Field is death to RHBs…

Tim Valencia
3 years 6 months ago

actually its death to LHB, which is the opposite of  yankee stadium, ironically, pineda has trouble with……. Left handed hitters.

3 years 6 months ago

No, left field is the issue. This is is why Beltre, Sexson, etc. have struggled. It has always been a theory among Mariners fans that a left-handed power hitter would do very well, we’ve just failed to ever get anything better than Raul Ibanez.

marinersfan44
3 years 6 months ago

yes left field is the issue. and montero has showed his oppo- power and also the mariners are trying to get fielder. he would make the mariners a serious threat

marinersfan44
3 years 6 months ago

yes left field is the problem. montero has shown his oppo-power and mariners have a shot at fielder. he would make them a threat

JDG
3 years 6 months ago

nope, Safeco is death to right-handers, at least as far as the longball is concerned.

3 years 6 months ago

they are death to dead pull right handers. montero has power to all fields and he uses it. he will not have a problem in safeco.

chico65
3 years 6 months ago

So you think Pineda will become a pinata in the bronx?

joeybw
3 years 6 months ago

As the Yankees sign Fielder for DH…..

FunkyTime
3 years 6 months ago

Oh my god … if that happens I may jump off of a bridge.

RedEyedDream
3 years 6 months ago

That will not happen! 

Wrek305
3 years 6 months ago

That will NOT happen. Prince is likely to go to Texas so then they can flip Moreland for Garza straight up. It’s as fair as trade as you can get. plus Rizzo won’t be ready til 2014 and by then Moreland can be flipped in 2013 for pitchers. Honestly it’s a no brainier for Texas to try to get Fielder to a 5-6 yr contract, with options for a 7th and maybe an 8th yr, with an opt out clause at year 4.

Hoosierdaddy92
3 years 6 months ago

thats a terrible trade for the Cubs. They could get way more for Garza

Wrek305
3 years 6 months ago

Of course they can do better the Rangers would need to throw in a prospect or two. Plus the Rangers would be potentially a 110+ win team with Garza and Yu on their pitching Staff along with their best guy who will easily get 70 mil on the Open market with Derrek Holland. If they got Prince in that line up they will automatically be better then Anaheim not that they aren’t better without him because half the Angels lineup the players are at least 30 Hunter, Wells and Pujols are all 34 and older.

3 years 6 months ago

What? Why in the world?

3 years 6 months ago

not so bad. both players have huge upside

3 years 6 months ago

Who trades a 22 year old pitcher with tremendous upside. It would be a different story if he was a prospect but at 22 years old and having a 3.74 ERA in your first big league season? Seattle got hosed in my opinion. Huge win for the Yankees.

3 years 6 months ago

A team that has one of the most dominant pitchers in the game. A team that just added an Ace from Japan and a team that has 4 FOUR potential front like starters comming up… Not to mention they need offense,,,, thats who makes that trade. And by you saying the yankees made a “huge win” it shows you dont know much about baseball and ZERO about Montero.

3 years 6 months ago

Pineda established himself as a big league picther at 22 years old. They have 4 potential front line starters coming up? What happens if they crash and burn? They’re prospects which crash and burn all the time, they’re not established like Pineda was. I know a lot more about baseball then you my friend.

3 years 6 months ago

Pineda’s one logged season hardly makes him “established.”

3 years 6 months ago

He’s a mile ahead of Montero.

jamison_m
3 years 6 months ago

The Mariners have a lot of promising pitching and almost zero promising offense so I can understand the gamble. I was admittedly horrified when I got my ESPN text alert telling me Pineda was gone, but the more I think about it, the more I’m comfortable with the move. I keep thinking to myself, maybe we just found the next Jay Buhner (in terms of finding a helluva bat from the yanks)…

Go Mariners!!!

Tvators
3 years 6 months ago

pineda is established w/ 1 season? which he tired towards the end, has serious trouble w/ Left handed batters and is moving from pitchers paradise in a weak division to launching pad in baseballs best division, expect serious step back for Pineda stats, but increase in wins

3 years 6 months ago

Well the volatility in pitching is fairly significant.  If this trade was made last offseason everyone would think the Yankees got shafted.  It’s very fair.

harmony55
3 years 6 months ago

It’s five years of a pitcher who turns 23 this month for six years of a DH/catcher who turned 22 in November.

The trade addresses each team’s immedate needs.

3 years 6 months ago

See I would like to believe you but why with the Yankees being so old would they be so willing to always include their “top” prospect Montero? I think this kid is a huge bust as a prospect. Pineda has such huge upside. Very bad deal for Seattle.

PennMariner
3 years 6 months ago

You’re calling him a bust when all he’s done at the major league level is post a .996 OPS in 18 games. I agree that the Yankees came out winners in the deal, but your brash conclusions seem a bit short-sighted.

3 years 6 months ago

You’re right I shouldn’t have said bust. If Montero was such a stud prospect why are they always willing to give him up in every single trade?

padresfuture
3 years 6 months ago

Because Montero has been traded so often.

Kahlen Burgwin
3 years 6 months ago

Because they are loaded offensively and want a stud pitcher in return?

3 years 6 months ago

because they have no place for him….

3 years 6 months ago

NYY has a massive budget that can afford to put star players into spots that they can ill-afford to let star prospects grow into. If they would have put Montero in the DH spot, they could run the risk of clogging a position that gives them a lot of flexibility (DH) while risking Montero’s trade value if he comes up and doesn’t perform well in an intense situation. SEA is taking a huge risk in that he’ll pay off – one that I wouldn’t take especially after seeing Smoak – but they were desperate for a player with a huge upside. 

I wonder if this means they won’t submit a bid for Fielder.

3 years 6 months ago

This has been the best explanation yet. Bravo.

tbrays2011
3 years 6 months ago

The Yankees will benefit from this trade much more quickly than Seattle.  With the Yankees Pineda will be a 15-16 game winner.  Adding this bat to the Seattle lineup will not replace the wins that he provided last year. Pitching and good defense produce wins. As a Rays fan I hate this trade because it will make the Yankees even more difficult to beat.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 6 months ago

Dude….”every single trade”? Let’s analyze the pitchers (never mentioned in a trade for a hitter) that the Yanks have been willing to “give him away” for.

Santana…Halladay….Lee…Hernandez.

Gee, Yanks really don’t think much of him.

Pitchers they were unwilling to deal him for but teams were rumored to demand.

Garza, Gio, Danks, Greinke, Liriano and Jiminez.

I am a HUGE Montero fan and dealing him must be difficult.This trade could easily end up bad for the Yanks but I give Cashman credit for holding out as long as he did and getting a pitcher with Pineda’s age and upside for him. 

I’m also a fan of Noesi and expect him to be a good mlb pitcher but we didn’t have space for him and Campos looks like he can be a good prospect too.

tbrays2011
3 years 6 months ago

The Yankees will benefit from this trade much more quickly than
Seattle.  With the Yankees Pineda will be a 15-16 game winner.  Adding
this bat to the Seattle lineup will not replace the wins that he
provided last year. Pitching and good defense produce wins. As a Rays
fan I hate this trade because it will make the Yankees even more
difficult to beat.

3 years 6 months ago

Pineda last year was worth 3.4 WAR.  A catcher who has a league average bat is worth about 3 WAR.  I have no doubt that Montero will be at least an average bat and Seattle will not see much fall off if any. 

East Coast Bias
3 years 6 months ago

Wait what? When exactly were they “willing to give up” Montero? Oh, you mean for that scrub Cliff Lee? That’s the only trade I recall where he was included in. And Cliff Lee is a beast! You should know if you’re an Ms fan. The reason they DIDN’T give up Montero for Garza, Gio, etc proves the opposite of your point. So… now what were you saying? 

backtrack backtrack backtrack

3 years 6 months ago

Carlos Gonzalez was traded twice while being a stud prospect.  Carlos Santana was also traded for Casey Blake.  Adrian Gonzalez, Cameron Maybin, Elvis Andrus and Adam Jones were a few more that were traded as young players. 

Being the centerpiece of a trade for a top young pitcher hardly constitutes the Yankees having doubts about him or giving him away.  It takes value to get value and smart teams trade the valuable pieces they don’t have room for on the big league roster. 

3 years 6 months ago

Montero is a DH.  The Yankees can use him at DH the next year or two, but they’d be best served keeping the spot open.  They traded from a position of strength for a position of need.  Seattle did the same thing.  Both teams got better.

3 years 6 months ago

Seeing the package the Padres got for Latos, sure seems as if they could have gotten a lot more then Montero.

3 years 6 months ago

If you believe that Jose Campos would be a top-10 pick in the amateur draft, then SEA just got the wool pulled over their eyes.

3 years 6 months ago

Montero is a much better hitter than any of the players the Reds sent to the Padres. 

3 years 6 months ago

As Justin Smoak fell into the shadows in Seattle, I fear Montero may follow him…

Jon Melton
3 years 6 months ago

I agree Matt not a Montero fan and Pineda just believe they could have gotten more.

3 years 6 months ago

I’m certainly surprised that Pineda didn’t get more. Look what Latos got…and I would have given my first born, my wedding night with my wife, and my mom for Michael Pineda over Mat Latos.

3 years 6 months ago

You’re going to see Smoak hitting quite well this year.

3 years 6 months ago

…in AAA.

jamison_m
3 years 6 months ago

Lol… funny but no.

nyjose
3 years 6 months ago

i am a yankees fan  but i think you cant judge this trade just yet at first hand the yankees look like they got  the upper hand i think montero showed last year that he is for real and right now he is the mariner power threat

Jon Melton
3 years 6 months ago

But when you bet Pineda and Campos a Top Prospect for Montero and Noresi with the value of pitching the way it is.

harmony55
3 years 6 months ago

Each team valued pitching differently depending on the team’s depth.

The trade addressed each team’s needs.

3 years 6 months ago

I was taking you seriously until you said that Montero showed he was for real in 18 games.  Chris Davis proved he was for real in 80 games in 2008.

3 years 6 months ago

Where in the world is Chris Davis? Baltimore? Weird.

PennMariner
3 years 6 months ago

Smoak was absolutely tearing it up last season until his father passed away in late April, at which point his production hit a brick wall. I’m almost 100% confident that we’ll be hearing his name with regularity in 2012.

nepp
3 years 6 months ago

Tearing it up…until late April.

Okay then.

3 years 6 months ago

It was more like late June when he injured his thumb and tried to play through it.

3 years 6 months ago

Smoak was hampered by injuries last year. Before that, he was doing great and when he finally returned healthily, he had a good September. Definitely wouldn’t give up on him yet.

3 years 6 months ago

Pineda’s fantasy value just doubled.

Ichiroll
3 years 6 months ago

Or dropped considering he now plays in the wiffle ball park.

nm344
3 years 6 months ago

quite the opposite.

3 years 6 months ago

why? now he has to face the Rays, BoSox and Jays 54 times instead of 36 games against the Rangers and Angels.

3 years 6 months ago

Why did you say Rangers and Angels, and not Oakland to prove your point?  Rangers have an excellent offense, and the Angels is pretty intimidating with Pujols.  Oakland’s offense sucks, but the Rays’ aren’t exactly frightening either (though probably underrated)

3 years 6 months ago

more games against quality lineups. oakland are terrible. you can add the fact that YS, skydome and fenway are usually pretty strongly hitters parks.

BaseballFanatic0707
3 years 6 months ago

The Rays do not feature a quality lineup.

3 years 6 months ago

scored 800+ runs 2 of the last 3 years. i’d say they’re pretty good.

3 years 6 months ago

And yet that non quality lineup of the Rays scored significantly more runs than the Angels and A’s. 

Chris Hernandez
3 years 6 months ago

uhhh What do I have to say about this trade, guys?

3 years 6 months ago

Ken Griffey Jr Jr & Jay Buhner Jr also involved

3 years 6 months ago

Trey plays Football

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

Finally some exciting news

TophersReds
3 years 6 months ago

Seattle overpay.

Alyoyo
3 years 6 months ago

Beautiful move…

3 years 6 months ago

no! no! as a Yankee fan I do not like this move one bit

MaineSox
3 years 6 months ago

. . .  Why?

3 years 6 months ago

well I guess I can’t say so for sure until we find out who the other included players are but pitchers are always a risk to burn out and Montero has shown some serious potential. Why not just throw Banuelos or Betances into the rotation next season and give Montero a shot as a young hitter in our lineup

GMwannabe
3 years 6 months ago

the Yankees beat Seattle over in this deal.. a stud SP for a DH?? be happy.. as a Sox fan, I am not

3 years 6 months ago

Seattle fan checking in…  That stud pitcher is going to need to work on that 5.12 2nd Half ERA – You may also want to check out the HOME and AWAY splits on the entire season.  Don’t get me wrong.  Pineda will be missed but you need to do a little research.  

GMwannabe
3 years 6 months ago

you mean a young pitcher wore down in the 2nd half of a season? that must be the first time.. enjoy your full time DH