Do the Yankees Trade or Hold On to Montero? 35

The Yankees top prospect Jesus Montero finally made his major league debut this past September. He made quite a splash too, but after years of hearing his name in trade rumors, will the Yankees resist trading him again this offseason?

That’s a hard question the Yankees are going to have to ask themselves. On one hand, their lineup is not getting any younger and injecting a bat like his at his age might be too much to pass up. On the other hand, the Yankees are always in need of pitching.

The answer is probably the same as it’s always been – they would rather not trade him, but if the right deal came across for the right pitcher, they might.

John Harper pondered this same question in the Daily News today. Some of the names that could be available included Matt Cain, Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill, Mat Latos, and James Shields. He seemed to find Cain the most intriguing as the Giants are in need of offense and he is set to become a free agent after the 2012 season.

What do you think? Should the Yankees still shop Montero for the right pitcher? Or is his offense too important especially as Alex Rodriguez and others enter their decline.

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35 thoughts on “Do the Yankees Trade or Hold On to Montero?

  • bigbossman28

    Are you kidding me? Cain is a good pitcher but he pitched in the worst offensive division in baseball. Not to mention Petco and Dodger Stadium are two pitchers parks. Yankee stadium, Fenway, Camden Yards, The Trop are all hitters ballparks. I say you keep montero promote internally. CC, Nova, Hughes, Betances(For a part of the season then bring up Banuelos), Fifth Starter(Free agent preferably….. Buerhle, Darvish, Wainwright, Wilson)

  • Tanned Tom

    Nice problem to have: keep a kid who kills left handers, or trade him and pick up a ace-type pitcher. Win-win, i think. It's a tough call. Before he was called up, I would have traded him for a Clif Lee-caliber pitcher. After watching him hit, I'm less sure. Probably the plan should be to commit to developing young pitchers from within, and find a place for this kid's bat. Sometimes catchers can be converted into 3Bers (see Joe Torre), and with A-Rod's impending physical disintegration (typical of ex-steroid users), this might be the time to buy the kid an infield glove and see what he can do. It comes down to this: signing a star as a free agent (like Teixeira) usually involves overpaying for him in salary and the draft choices you give, BUT trading a player like Montero for a star seems like paying for him twice – the free agent-level salary the star will command, and giving up Montero, who it is fairly certain to be better than the draft picks you'll lose. I say keep him and trade UNPROVEN talent if you need to acquire a pitcher.

  • David K.

    This is a no-brainer. Hold on to Montero and let him develop here! As the second consecutive post-season elimination proves, this team has a lot of problems and trading Montero for a pitcher will not solve them. Montero is part of the solution long term. We need great young hitters in addition to pitching. Our best bet is to try to develop as many of our young pitchers as possible while we keep eliminating aging players. When Posada is gone, Montero fits in very nicely as catcher/DH. Why trade him? There is no one starting pitcher out there who is as valuable as I think Montero will become very soon.

  • Michael Sommer

    The Mike S. above isn't me. Just pointing that out. As far as Cain, who would the Yanks give up for him? Why would the Giants take Montero? They have Buster Posey and don't need a catcher. There is no DH in the NL. Montero hasn't played another position so far. 1B? I don't think the Giants are ready to give up on Brandon Belt just yet. Montero isn't a fit for SF. So how do you get Cain if Montero isn't a fit?

  • Takashi Kamisato

    Do not trade Montero. He is the best hitter they have right now and he will get better. If you trade him, the Yankees will regret the decision for a long time. He is young and I did not see why Giradi did not use him more in the playoff because I'm pretty sure he can hit the right handers as well. If he was in the line up with his power at the plate the pitchers would have been more careful and would walk him. The thing with the Yankees is that they can hit a lot of homeruns but they don't have any baserunners on base.

  • nycsportzfan

    how about keep montero and see if u can get Cahill from the A's for a cheaper trade like Betances/nunez/Kontos? Then re-sign CC and u got CC/Cahill/Nova/Hughes/Garcia

  • Pablo

    Negative, are you kidding/playin around? Although Cain is a good pitcher, I say you keep montero and promoteinternally. Keep a look out of CC's decision, you have Nova, Hughes, and bring up Banuelos, for the Fifth Starter they can go aftr Free agents such as Buerhle, Darvish, Wainwright, Wilson. This will avoid giving up Montero, a great young addition to the Yankee line up.

  • Dr. D

    I have to admit, I heard alot about Montero as a catcher in the minors, but after I saw him STROKE a opposite field shot deep into the right field seats, then batted admirbaly aganist Detroit, when givin the chance, I've concluded that if we trade him, we will suffer the consequences for many years. He has a natural hitting stroke, WITH POWER. Some option's might be to make him a backup 1st basemen for Tex and catcher for Martin. He can always DH.

  • alcan

    in the real world of baseball there must be a fit for a player. Montero's prolific bat certainly outweighs whatever flaws he has behind the dish. However, the yankees do have a kid named Sanchez who is only 18 and he is projected to have even a better bat than montero and is also a defensive wiz behind the dish. Making Montero a DH/1ST/RF would be the way to go with him… Can the yanks fit him into one of those roles? Or do they trrade him fro much needed pitching and use Martin and Romine to bridge to Sanchez? No one has mentioned Sanchez on here although if you look at all the scouting reports they drool over Sanchez.

  • Henry

    My feeling is trade Cervelli if possible. Continue developing Romine at AAA. He still needs work with his defense and hitting but I think he is getting close to being ready. Sanchez is many years down the road but I would use him in some games at another position. Montero is good enough to be the back up catcher because his real need is to learn defense on the major league level. Pena, Martin and Girardi can work with his defense skills. The important thing is this kid has a lot of confidence and loves catching as he has said many times. His bat is just to good for him to be traded and that would be a big mistake. An amazing thing about Monty is that he has learned to speak English so well.

  • Frank Spero

    thats it trade montero and watch how he blossoms for some other team and he will be back to blite you on the ass ei; austin jackson, miguel cairo, johnny damon, hideo matsui, and on andon not even to mention all the pitching (kennedy)???????

  • MIKE S.

    montero is too valuable to the yanks future.he will compliment cano and granderson.we have to hope to get more out of gardner.I like the recent signing of swisher which now makes him tradeable for a pitcher we need.montero could fit in as a right fielder/dh and romine will be fine as a back catcher.I would also consider trading cervelli with swisher if that sweetens the pot for a pitcher we need.Let's face it we are stuck with A-Rod.I hope they consider moving him down in the batting order.

  • Thomas Slocum

    Verlander, maybe David Price, probably Lincecum but can't think of any others the Yanks should swap Montero for. His is perhaps a once in a decade bat and given the fact that he plays in the AL, his lack of a defensive position is hardly debilitating. If he never learns to catch and can't even take the occasional turn in left field or at first base, he's at worst likely to be the next David Ortiz or Edgar Martinez except he'll be starting at a MUCH younger age. And if that's the worst he can be, how can the Yanks even entertain trading him for anyone other than a top shelf #1 starter?

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