Michael Pineda traded to NYY for Jesus Montero
Jon Heyman is reporting via twitter that the Mariners have traded Michael Pineda to the New York Yankees for C/DH Jesus Montero. Heyman also followed up saying that “more players are involved,” though who exactly is involved isn’t exactly clear yet.
Montero, a right-handed batter, put up a nifty .328/.406/.590 line with 4 home runs in 18 games for New York after hitting .288/.348/.467 in Triple-A. Three of Montero’s four major-league home runs were hit to right field, two of which are classified by Hit Tracker Online as “no-doubters.” His home run to left field travelled 429 feet.
If this was a one-for-one deal, I would consider it a slight loss for the Mariners. Montero is certainly a good player, but I just hope the Mariners are getting more back. However, pitchers are extremely risky, and Montero is a very good prospect. I’ll reserve passing a final judgment until we have the details about the other involved players.
And as I write this, it appears to be a four-player deal. The Mariners are sending Jose Campos in addition to Pineda and are receiving pitcher Hector Noesi in addition to Montero. I don’t know much about either of those two players, so I am going to cop-out and not offer a judgment of this deal. Sorry everyone!!