Pineda’s workout plan was derailed by trade to Yankees

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

  1. David K. says:

    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.

    • hotdog says:

      Kind of agree. The idea of obtaining a top pitching prospect for a great hitting prospect made sense. The Yankees need pitching. Banuelos and Betances progress slowed last year and no one knows how well they'll pitch in the majors…but Pineda at this point feels like a huge mistake…we should have gotten Halladay or Lee…we didn't make the trade for Lee because we wanted to hold onto Edwardo Nunez. Where does Nunez fit. He's a good backup and hit well this spring training but a Nunez and Montero trade for Cliff Lee made more sense. I thought that was ridiculous to not give up Nunez but back then the organization saw Nunez as the next coming. Cross your fingers, maybe we're all worried about nothing. Maybe Jose Campos becomes an ace.

      • CAC says:

        As a longtime Yankees fan I want to win the world series every year too, but we also have to look towards the future. Trading Montero and Nunez for a 33 year old Cliff Lee is the old shortsighted mentality. I did not want Montero traded in the first place and the night that I heard the trade I wasn't sure what to think of it, but I fully support this trade and I think the Yankees future rotation will be much better off because of this trade.

    • Mike Sommer says:

      The other kid, Jose Campos, is pretty damned good and had a great first outing for Charleston Friday night.

    • Tanned Tom says:

      Montero had what, 63 at bats and people act like he's another Mickey Mantle. Exactly what was Montero's position? And before you say DH, remember that A-Rod will own that position very soon. He is not good enough behind the plate to be anything more than a backup as catcher. So where does he play? Answer, for somebody else.
      As for trading for Lee, maybe you haven't been paying attention, but Lee did not want to play in NY. Trading Montero for 2 months of Lee would have been stupid. The Yanks made him the best offer and he signed with Philly. So let's get over the Lee thing.
      Pineda is young, looked very good last year, looked good in spring training in developing his change up. What more do you want? And don't say velocity, that just shows how ignorant most sports writers are. Far more important than velocity are movement, location/command, and pitch sequencing. Otherwise we'd have never heard of Trevor Hoffman or Greg Maddux.
      This trade made sense, now let's be patient and see how it plays out over the next 2 or 3 years.

      • David K. says:

        Velocity is the least important factor, that's true. But you can't deny that we got Pineda because he had a mid-nineties fastball. When he is throwing 88-89, there's something wrong. Even if it was spring training. You'd think he'd be throwing at least 92 in spring. As for Montero, he has the perfect Yankee stadium swing. Remember Mike Stanley, a .260 righty hitting catcher who hit a lot of homers to the short porch in right? He was a pretty productive hitter because of his power the other way, especially at home. Montero could have been a .330 hitting Mike Stanley. Now we'll never know. Why couldn't Montero DH 120 games and just catch 30 games. The argument that he didn't have a position and would block A-Rod at DH doesn't add up to me. A-Rod is going to DH how many times? 100 games?

  2. alcan says:

    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..