MLB Round-Up: New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners Swap Montero for Pineda

Raul RodriguezContributor IIIJanuary 13, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 21: Michael Pineda #36 of the Seattle Mariners delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins in the third inning on September 21, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the New York Yankees have agreed with the Seattle Mariners to swap Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda. This trade is said to involve more than these two players, but it can be safely assumed that these two were the major pieces in the deal.

To be honest, I am very stunned that this happened, especially so quickly. There were absolutely no rumblings at all of this potentially occurring in the future. Initial possibilities of a trade made by the Seattle Mariners arose about 20 minutes before the deal was officially announced. I expected the New York Yankees and Brian Cashman to hold onto Montero for the 2012 season.

In that respect, I have to admit some shock and sadness about Jesus Montero leaving the organization because I really believed he could bring a large punch to the lineup this season. Plus, I would not want to face him as a member of the Mariners.

The New York Yankees in no way come out of this thing with the short end of the stick. They acquire a 22-year-old starting pitcher who will easily be able to back up CC Sabathia in the rotation and solidify the top three of CC, Ivan Nova and now Pineda.

Pineda pitched to a tune of a 3.74 ERA in his rookie season last year with 171 innings under his belt and 173 SO. He was actually pitching better than this earlier in the year, so the New York Yankees really acquired a star, despite having to give up one.

I have to say, though, that a deal involving Montero had to happen. I just could not see the Yankees utilizing Jesus Montero fully for the 2012 season. He still is not a major-league-ready catcher and has low speed. 

The only place New York could have put him was at the DH position, which will need to be filled by aging players like Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter in the coming years. I agree with this deal, as Michael Pineda was on the list of young starters I would potentially trade Montero for.