Pineda’s workout plan was derailed by trade to Yankees 7

Michael Pineda showed up to camp this year with a little bit less octane in his tank and 20-pounds overweight, according to Brian Cashman. However, it turns out that his offseason plans might have been thrown off by his trade to the Bronx.

Via Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger:

A wrinkle in the Michael Pineda Saga: Turns out that Pineda was slated to arrive at M’s camp Jan. 22 to work out early, just as he did before his great rookie year. Then Pineda got traded, and there was a 10-day lag before it became official. Ultimately, Pineda didn’t arrive in Tampa until Feb. 14, still early, but not as planned. Impossible to know if extra 3 weeks of work would have made difference. But Pineda knows this much: “Next year, I’m coming early. I’m doing my plan.”

This is extremely unfortunately, but it does make you feel better and not like he is taking his conditioning for granted. Maybe, as Cashman suggested, he didn’t throw a ball all winter, but those extra three weeks that he would have been in camp way before everyone else, even Derek Jeter, could have made a huge difference. Now it appears he’ll make that up in rehab assignments over the next few weeks before he finally starts his season.

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7 thoughts on “Pineda’s workout plan was derailed by trade to Yankees

  • David K.

    Doesn't make me feel any better. Still feel like it was a really stupid trade. Nothing that Pineda has done so far has even remotely impressed me. I understand what the Yankees were trying to do, but it was misguided. Everyone knows young pitchers carry so much more risk. Why throw away a hitting prospect who has all the right tools for Yankee Stadium (and who had a good second half) for a pitcher who didn't have a good second half? I have no idea about the other kid we got, but I still wouldn't have done this trade.

  • alcan

    As for the trade, I thought and still think it was a good one. As for not giving up Nunez for Lee, it wasn't about Nunez, it was more about how many prospects to give up for Lee. Seattle had agreed on a deal in principle then reneged on the deal asking for another prospect, Nunez in particular. Thus, it wasn't that that Yanks would not give up Nunez, it was more ABOUT how many more prospects the Mariners wanted.

    Pineda reached 92-94 in spring… what is the point? his velocity was coming around unlike Hughes last year that plummeted. As Tom stated above, lets be patient. Speaking of patient how patient were the yanks were suppose to be to allow Montero to develop behind the dish? He was awful behind the dish and why he is not catching for the Mariners either. Every scout and his mother had him DH'ing, first base, or right field. Moreover, the Yanks have a wealth of catchers and Sanchez is said to have as good of stick or better than Montero with better promise of playing behind the dish. The Yanks did not need another DH. Banuelos and Betances have control issues and Pineda has already shown the ability to master his control in the MLB. As for the other prospect, Campos, some say he already is the Yanks best pitching prospect in the minors, Yes! over Betances and Banuelos..

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