Jesus Montero played for the Trenton Thunder in 2009 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The New York Yankees made Friday the 13th the highlight of their offseason, trading their top prospect Jesus Montero and minor league pitcher Hector Noesi to the Seattle Mariners for rising star pitcher Michael Pineda and minor league pitcher Jose Campos. Not content to leave things there, the Yankees agreed to sign former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year, $10 million contract.

The Yankees now have a formidable rotation, led by C.C. Sabathia, Pineda and Kuroda, with some mix of Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, Freddy Garcia and A.J. Burnett filling the final two spots. Their lineup is still too reliant on aging sluggers in the declining years of their careers, but Friday’s moves should make New York the clear favorite in the A.L. East.

I like the deal for the Mariners, too. It hurts to give up Pineda, but I think they will always have an easier time adding pitching than hitting as long as the play in Safeco Field. And Montero sure looked like he’s going to be a good hitter during his late-season callup.

I’m also happy because I can now root for Montero and Noesi without any conflicting feelings. (It never seemed quite right to root for a Yankee, but I enjoyed watching both players when they were with the Trenton Thunder.)

Meanwhile in Mets land, Mike Pelfrey was one of four players to file for arbitration and at Rising Apple, Matt Kaufman took a look at what needs to happen with the rest of the N.L. East to allow New York to contend. Fun stuff.

And yet I’m still looking forward to the start of spring training, which is only 37 days away. Spring training tickets go on sale today, for those who will be in the Port St. Lucie area in March.

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About Paul Hadsall

I'm the former editor of a weekly community newspaper and current contributor to Hot Stove Baseball. I've been a New York Mets fan for most of my life and I've been blogging about them, minor league baseball, baseball cards and autograph collecting since 2007. Contact me at paul@randombaseballstuff.com

6 responses

  1. Matt says:

    Wow, I’m shocked the Tankees gave up Montero… That shows exactly how much faith try had in their pitching rotation after CC. I agree that this is a good move for Seattle, especially since their efforts to land Prince and give life to an anemic offense seems to be all but lost.

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  2. Freddy says:

    Let’s hope this becomes another Tino Martinez deal not Ken Phelps.

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  3. Doug Malott says:

    Montero is a great young player but like all prospects he is still suspect. The Yanks have the best scouts in the business. Just check their minor league teams standings every year.
    They know what and who to look for and who to move to improve the team.
    According to inside sources he can’t catch at the major league level. The Yanks needed pitching and you have to give to get. Notice also they always move players to another division or to the NL so they can’t hurt you but so much. Once again the Yankees are now
    the front runners in the AL east.

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  4. dustin gallentine says:

    I love the yankees all the way back to gerigh and babe ruth i think tht all these teams are getting better young tallent. But there is also some players out there that caan help us, think not? Look at poljious and the move to the Angels. And as for young tallent think if we had never got Jeter or A Rod? Any cooments thanks

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    • Paul says:

      There is a limit to how much any team can spend… the Yankees could not afford to bring in Albert Pujols given their other long-term commitments.

      Derek Jeter has played for the Yankees for his whole pro career, and I’m sure you’d rather have Alex Rodriguez than Alfonso Soriano, so I don’t understand what you mean by the last part of your last comment.

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