According to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, when the Yankees were discussing a deal that would have brought right-handed pitcher Roy Halladay to the Bronx they were willing to trade Jesus Montero but not pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes.
The fact that Halladay was traded to the Phillies yesterday makes this a moot point, but it does offer us a window into general manager Brian Cashman‘s thinking. It’s good to hear that he wasn’t willing to part with two of the three in one deal and it is interesting that he values Hughes and Joba over Montero.
That shouldn’t be to much of a surprise though. As high as Baby Jesus’ potential is, he’s still a minor leaguer yet to succeed or fail in the majors while both Joba and Hughes have already been successful in The Show. They obviously haven’t fully blossomed yet, but we’ve seen stretches where each of them has dominated and to deal them now seems almost silly. In that way it makes sense to be willing to part with Montero over them, but I’m still very happy that no trade was made.