Yankees News and Notes: Trade Reaction

PEORIA, AZ - FILE: Michael Pineda #36 of the Seattle Mariners poses for a portrait at the Peoria Sports Complex on February 20, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona. According to reports on January 13, 2012 the New York Yankees have traded catcher Jesus Montero and pitcher Hector Noesi to the Seattle Mariners for pitchers Michael Pineda and Jose Campos. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Forget about the Hot Stove. Last night, Brian Cashman warmed up the Yankees' sleepy winter with a flame thrower. The biggest news centered on the surprise trade of prized prospect Jesus Montero for rookie sensation Michael Pineda. So, how did the blogosphere react? See for yourself.

Almost immediately after news of the trade broke, the Yankees also reached a tentative agreement with veteran right hander Hiroki Kuroda. Does the addition of Kuroda and Pineda once again make the Yankees the favorites in the AL East? Sports Illustrated's Cliff Corcoran thinks so.

As if his evening wasn't busy enough, Jon Heyman also reported that Cashman has inquired about free agent first baseman Carlos Pena. With the DH slot now wide open, perhaps the Yankees envision a Pena/Andruw Jones platoon?

In what now seems like rather anti-climatic news, the Yankees are no longer believed to be suitors for Cuban outfielder Yoennis Cespedes.

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