Not sure how I like this one yet. I’m very upset that the Yankees lost Montero just because I’ve followed his career for years now and he was finally so close to contributing. His youth was also much needed in a lineup that is not getting any younger. They clearly didn’t have faith in him as a catcher though as shown by the fact that they called up Austin Romine last September when Francisco Cervelli got hurt instead of just using Montero behind the plate.
Michael Pineda is also a very talented pitcher who is about to turn 23-years-old. Last season he had a 9.1 K/9 and a 2.9 BB/9 with a 3.74 ERA in 171 innings with the Mariners. That’s a damn impressive rookie season. The problem is, unless he can continue that success then this could be a very annoying trade for years to come. If he flops, we are going to have to hear Yankees fans complain anytime Montero does anything in Seattle.
Losing Noesi is no small issue either. He had done a decent job transitioning to the majors last year and looked like he would contribute in the major league rotation this season after a strong performance in the Dominican Winter League this offseason. At first glace Campos doesn’t look like a bad prospect, but at 19-years-old he is still a long way away from the majors.
I’ll have more thoughts on this trade tomorrow, but until then I want to hear your initial reactions? Like the trade? Love it? Hate it? Does this deal require another move to supplement the offense?