Originally written on Bronx Pinstripes  |  Last updated 5/23/13
Photo credit: Sports Illustrated In an effort to stockpile cheap, young, talented pitching for the future – mostly due to the goal of reaching a payroll of $189 million by 2014 – the Yankees decided to trade their top offensive prospect in Jesus Montero for top pitching prospect Michael Pineda in 2011. Before the phenom pitcher could even appear in a regular season game with the Yankees, many fans jumped the gun in anointing the Mariners as the winners of the deal. Pineda suffered a serious shoulder injury and went under the knife, while Montero appeared in 135 games for Seattle last season – posting a .260 average with 15 homers, 20 doubles and 63 RBIs – respectable numbers for a rookie. The only way Montero could go from there was up, it seemed like. Now, he’s being sent down to Triple-A Tacoma after hitting .208/.264/.327 with three homers and nine RBIs. The verdict is still out on the trade. The Yankees never saw Montero as a catcher; instead, they projected him to be a career designated hitter or corner infield/outfield guy. Well, the Mariners are now expected to move him to DH or first base, as their top prospect, Mike Zunino, is already the starting catcher at Tacoma. With top catching prospects such as Gary Sanchez, Austin Romine and J.R. Murphy already in the system, New York felt they could withstand parting ways with Montero. After all, finding young pitchers with high potential at a cheap price like Pineda are few and far between. Pineda, 24, threw 50 pitches in a simulated game last Friday, topping out at 95 mph. The Yankees hope to build him back up to 100 pitches in consecutive outings before he gets called up, as he will appear in rehab games soon. But he is on the way, and he is still projected to be a force in the rotation. Standing at 6’7″ and 255 lbs, Pineda possesses nasty stuff. He started the All-Star game for the American League in 2011, going 9-10, 3.74 ERA with 173 strikeouts in 171 IP. It’s realistic that Pineda will get called up in June or sometime in July. There is no telling when Montero will be recalled. It’ll be very interesting to see how Montero, a highly touted prospect who has been a disappointment thus far, handles being sent down. It can either crush him or serve as a wake-up call. Regardless, the roles are switched from 2012. Montero is the one heading down to the minors to find himself, Pineda is working his way back to the top. The same old debate hasn’t been settled. It’s going to take a few more years to definitively say who got the better end of the deal.   What do you think, Yankees fans? Years down the road, who will benefit most from this trade?    
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Raptors signing Carroll is shrewdest move of free agency

Report: Los Angeles Clippers will sign Paul Pierce

With Kevin Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Aldridge crosses Lakers off list, did not mesh well with Kobe

Jerry Dipoto officially steps down as Angels GM

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Rajon Rondo wants 'all of' Kings' $10M cap space

Reports: Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson returning to Cavs

Dwyane Wade, Heat reportedly progressing in contract talks

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Brandon Spikes sentenced to one year probation in crash

Report: Leafs trade Kessel to Penguins in multi-player deal

Cavaliers re-sign Iman Shumpert to four-year contract

Mike Green is joining the Red Wings on a three-year deal

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans until 2020

ESPN denies censoring Keith Olbermann commentary

The best and worst MLB players in the month of June

Report: Lakers didn’t make strong impression on Aldridge

Danny Green takes the Andre Iguodala path

DeSean Jackson rips Eagles in new reality TV show

Deciding what the All-Star Game really means

Being a Dallas Cowboys fan could cost Chris Christie votes

Winning and losing the strike zone game: Midseason update

Baltimore Orioles keep finding a way to win

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Selecting the 2015 AL All-Stars

NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

Under the radar NBA free agents

Michael Sam, boyfriend broke up?

Mickelson linked to money laundering?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.