Jesus Montero was traded to the Seattle Mariners for pitcher Michael Pineda, says ESPN. The exchange had been prepared for a long time, but it was on Saturday that the deal was finally sealed. According to various sources, the Yankees were impressed by Pineda’s results and they wanted to take him on the team.
Right-handed pitcher Hector Noesi was also replaced by Jose Campos together with Jesus Montero. The latter was expected to become the hitter of the season, but his results this year were rather weak. In 18 games, he hit .328 with four home runs and 28 RBIs. The Yankees did not doubt his ability to handle the bat, but his capacity to catch during the majors.
The New York Yankees also tried to deal Montero to the Mariners in 2010 for Cliff Lee. The trade was not concluded back then because the Seattle team preferred to send Cliff Lee to the Texas Rangers.
Since Pineda is only 22 years old, he brings youth to the Yankees’ rotation behind CC Sabathia. Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes are the two other young players of New York. The two have outstanding results even though they have just accomplished 25 years old.
The Yankees added another arm to their team. On Friday, they have signed a contract with former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. Hopefully, New York will no longer lose games in the playoffs after these changes. Montero was not vital to the team’s formation because there are other catchers in the system which can do a better job than him. Russell Martin, for instance, earned an All-Star appearance in his first year with the Yankees and Austin Romine is at Triple-A.
It was Pineda’s performance during the last spring that got him into the Yankees. When the season was over, he had already become Seattle’s Nr. 2 starter. Although the beginning of the season brought him a lot of career advancement, Pineda was forced to endure typical rookie struggles as the season progressed.
Seattle, on the other hand, accepted to trade Pineda because they have a rich depth of starters. Hernandez is at the top of their rotation and is immediately followed by the newcomer Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma.