I always like hearing about the behind the scenes of a trade so I found it interesting when Brian Cashman described to Chad Jennings of the Journal News about how the deal came to be.
Like a lot of offseason deals the seeds were planted at the Winter Meetings back in December when Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik asked if there was any way he could pry Jesus Montero away from the Yankees without giving up Felix Hernandez. Cashman obviously inquired about Michael Pineda, but neither side wanted a straight-up deal so it took some time for the sides to come together.
“We agreed a little bit on the principles, but he told me he needed more for Michael, and I felt that (if I gave up) too much more, I needed something back, so that’s how the various other players got in play,” Cashman told Jennings.
“We identified some young players throughout baseball,” Zduriencik said. “But at the end we settled on Jesus… We had a need, and we are trying to address that need. To get really good players, you have to give up really good players. Neither one of us were trying to walk away from this thinking, I got the upper hand.”
This shows off how much Cashman’s patience paid off. He waited when others overpaid for Mat Latos and Gio Gonzalez, held on to Montero until somebody came to him with a need and got a solid deal.