New York Yankees Trade Jesus Montero To The Seattle Mariners For Michael Pineda

UPDATE: The Yankees will also send Hector Noesi to the Mariners, and will receive Jose Campos.

Update from Frank: Per John Sickels, on Campos, in his top 20 Mariners prospects list: "We need to see him at higher levels and his secondary stuff needs refinement, but his upside is very high, he throws hard, and already throws strikes." Sickels gave him a B grade and named him the Mariners' number five prospect.

The New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners agreed to a shocking trade tonight. The Yankees will send Jesus Montero to the Seattle Mariners for Michael Pineda, with other lesser pieces being involved.

Pineda, 23, was a rookie last season, yet pitched in 28 games. In those games Pineda managed the following stat line:

9 wins, 10 losses, 171 IP, 9.11 K/9, 2.89 BB/9, 0.95 HR/9, .258 BABIP, 69.7% LOB%, 36.3 GB%, 9.0 HR/FB, 3.74 ERA, 3.42 FIP, 3.53 xFIP, and was worth 3.4 WAR.

Montero was a fan favorite, mashing in his limited time in New York, and mashing in his large amount of time in Scranton, where Yankees fans were begging for him to be promoted.

Montero projects as a DH to many in the future, but the Yankees were adamant that he could play catcher. We shall see where he lands.

Regardless, the Yankees now have a hole at the DH position, but also, the Yankees now have their #2 starter.

Wow. Thoughts?

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