Originally posted on Fantasy Baseball Tools  |  Last updated 1/13/12


Some talking heads were saying just this week how the the New York Yankees had been so quiet this offseason until tonight when general manager Brian Cashman shook up the baseball world with a blockbuster trade that netted him right-handed starting pitchers Michael Pineda and Jose Campos from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for catcher Jesus Montero and right-handed pitcher Hector Noesi.

Pineda went 9-10 in his rookie season with a 3.74 ERA and 173 strikeouts in 171 innings and will slot nicely in behind CC Sabathia as the number two starter in the Yankees rotation. Campos pitched in Short-Season Class A at age 19 and went 5-5 with a 2.32 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 81 1/3 innings.

The Yankees made another move to bolster their rotation by signing free agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year, $10 million contract. The 36-year-old Kuroda will slot into the number three spot in the Yankees rotation making a mediocre rotation before tonight suddenly very strong and deep with Ivan Nova as the fourth starter and Freddy Garcia, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes battling it out for the 5th starter role. Kuroda collected 13 wins in 2011 while posting a 3.07 ERA with 161 strikeouts in 202 innings.

For a Mariners team that was punchless the last couple of seasons, Montero becomes the top power bat in their lineup at the age of 22. Montero hit .328 in 61 at bats with Yankees last season with four home runs and 12 RBI. Noesi pitched 56 1/3 innings in the bullpen for New York in 2011, posting a 4.47 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings. He is currently pitching in the Dominican Winter League where he has pitched 46 2/3 inning as a starter with a 2.70 ERA and 27 strikeouts.

This was an old school baseball trade and it will be interesting to see how it plays out over the next couple of seasons. For now, I think the Yankees are big winners in the deal since they get Pineda who they can control for several years and they can easily find a designated hitter to fill the role of Montero, say a Johnny Damon or Vladimir Guerrero . From Seattle’s perspective, if Montero was a defensive stalwart at catcher in addition to the bat he brings to the table, I can see how that helps but if he is strictly going to be a designated hitter for his career, I think they came up a little short in the deal. The Mariners I am sure are counting on some of their young pitching prospects like Danny Hultzen or James Paxton to be ready this season to help offset the loss of Pineda in the rotation.

 

 

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