Found January 18, 2012 on The Money Shot:
Stop calling me Armando Benitez! Oh, don't you worry.  I did not forget about this.  So someone finally showed up at the Yankee offices this winter and made some moved this past weekend.  It's about time.  I thought that Brian Cashman was dead.  He's not, though, he just still looks like a raccoon corpse.  Now I'm not your average mouthbreathing Yankees fan.  You know this by now.  Most people think that we should sign everybody; payroll be damned.  Not me.  I like it when we cultivate and develop our own.  Which is why I had such a boner for Jesus Montero.  And now he's gone. Let there be no doubt, Montero is a ******* stud hitter and he will be raking at the cleanup spot for Eric Wedge's mustache over the next decade plus.  He can flat out stick it.  I don't think that I've ever been so invested and pumped for a Yankee position player since, ****, Shane Spencer maybe. But there was always going to be a problem with Da Jesus.  No one in the organi...

Pitching depth allowed Mariners to deal Pineda

When word got out Friday that the Mariners were in the process of trading young pitching standout Michael Pineda to the Yankees for highly regarded catcher Jesus Montero, immediate reaction from many was, "How could Seattle give up such a promising arm?"

Managing Expectations With Michael Pineda

It’s hard to not to be excited about Michael Pineda wearing pinstripes. He’s young, has top-of-the-rotation upside, and controllable for the next five years. He’s everything the Yankees hope Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos will be, except he already established a foundation in the big leagues. For all the celebration regarding the deal, Pineda isn’t a perfect pitcher and...

New York Yankees Meet Pitcher Michael Pineda, Age 22

The New York Yankees have traded top prospect Jesus Montero and right-handed pitcher Hector Noesi to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for phenom pitcher Michael Pineda and righty Jose Campos, a source told’s Jayson Stark. The Yankees receive the 22-year-old Pineda after he went 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA for the Mariners as a rookie last year. Right now Seattle fans are trying...

How the Pineda Deal Helps A.J. Burnett

One winner not discussed in the Yankees blockbuster deal that imported Michael Pineda is A.J. Burnett. We all know that Burnett is paid like a top-of-the-rotation starter, but his performance resembles a typical fifth starter. He’s an inconsistent innings eater that struggles to produce an overall league average performance. With the acquisition of Pineda, Burnett becomes the most...

Red Sox Fire Back at Yanks Big Moves

If you missed it, the New York Yankees woke up over the weekend from their Winter doldrums, trading Jesus Montero for Rookie of the Year pitcher, Michael Pineda.  They before that deal was even officially completed, the Yanks inked FA pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.  The Yankees remade their entire pitching staff in almost one day. Or at least 2/5 of it. Never to allow themselves to sit...

Warning Track 01-17-12,

Karen Vankat with special guest host Michael Cohen, from the Open Mike program, discuss the offseason moves made by the New York Yankees, and where Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda fit in the Yankees rotation. What does this mean for A.J. Burnett?Korbid Thompson calls in to talk about the misery that is …the New York Metropolitans.Listen every Tuesday for a live edition of the...

Ten Young Pitchers To Keep An Eye On In 2012

Young pitching is always in demand in the MLB. Young studs Mat Latos, Trevor Cahill, Michael Pineda, and Gio Gonzalez were all dealt this offseason for top 100 prospects. It's a known fact that teams are in love with cost-controlled, successful MLB pitchers, and they're not hesitating to give up young, unproven players for them, often in large quantities. Here's a list...

Sox take chance on Padilla

The Yankees made two moves that dramatically increased the quality and depth of their rotation last week when they signed free agent Hiroki Kuroda and traded for impressive young righthander Michael Pineda.
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