Thoughts On The Montero For Pineda Trade

The New York Yankees traded Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi to the Seattle Mariners for Michael Pineda and Jose Campos.

Wow.

The Yankees have two of the top 2011 AL Rookie of the Year finalists in their rotation at the same time, in addition to CC Sabathia, and did not have to trade Manny Banuelos or Dellin Betances.

Wow.

I never supported trading Jesus Montero, and I am still certainly going to miss Montero. My first reaction to Montero being involved in the trade is that I always felt he would be the next Jorge Posada for the Yankees, and now that he is gone, I do not know what to think.

The young star that electrified Yankee Stadium daily in September, the player that was deemed "bored" in the minors, and "not good enough" to play catcher, the player that the Yankees defended more than any player on the Yankees, that player is now gone.

Wow.

Taking away any personal feelings, this deal screams fair for both sides. Jesus Montero was always projected to be the cleanup hitter for the Yankees for the next decade in my mind. The Yankees lineup seemed pretty set, and Montero was always part of it.

Now he is not, but the rotation picture is that much clearer.

CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova, Manny Banuelos/Dellin Betances/Phil Hughes/Adam Warren/David Phelps/Graham Stoneburner/other is the future of the rotation.

Wow.

As for Noesi and Campos, the Yankees traded a pitcher with less upside that is in the MLB for a pitcher with much more upside that is lower in the system. Fair enough.

If Jesus Montero has to go, this is the type of deal I am okay letting him go in. The Yankees have their #2 starter AND their money, AND their top two starting pitching prospects.

Crazy enough it might just work. Follow me after the jump for more.

The league consensus is that the Yankees "won" the trade, especially considering they got Pineda AND Campos, who's projections are fantastic.

The Yankees have taken a large step in the right direction in terms of pitching, but in terms of hitting the Yankees may need to address their future.

The rotation is set now, so the Yankees should take a look around the league for young hitting to fill the spot in the lineup leftover by Jesus Montero. If there are no obvious matches, the Yankees do not need another hitter, but it is preferred.

Also, the trade could help the Yankees financially in the future, as rather than having to sign a starting pitcher next off-season, the Yankees can use that money on re-signing Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson.

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