New York Yankees Looking Good In The Montero/Pineda Trade

by Paul Jack | Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2013
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Jesus Montero

Remember that trade?  On January 23rd, 2012 the New York Yankees sent Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi to the Seattle Mariners for Jose Campos and Michael Pineda.

Pineda was coming off an All Star season and was 5th in rookie of the year voting in 2011.  He had a respectable line of 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 171 IP and 173 k’s.  Seattle was a bad team that year, finishing in 4th place with a 67-95 record.

2011 was promising for Montero as well.  In 109 AAA games he hit 18 homers with 67 RBI to go along with a .288 average.  He was called up late in the season and performed well.  His line of 4 homers, 12 rbi and a .328 average in 18 games was a nice surprise for the Yankees who were losing Jorge Posada to retirement.

However the trade shook everything up and was heralded as a win-win for both teams.  The details since have not been pretty.

Pineda was shelved for 15 days in Spring Training 2012 due to shoulder tendinitis, however during his rehab he tore his right shoulder and was done for 2012 and part of 2013.  At this very moment he is receiving rave reviews on his comeback.  He threw 51 pitches in a simulated game on 5/20 and the Yankees are planning on pitching him 2 more times in simulated games before sending him out on minor league assignments.  So he could potentially impact the team later in 2013.

Jesus Montero has been healthy however the production has not quite been what Seattle was looking for.  In 2012 he hit a respectable .260 with a .298 obp with 15 homers and 62 RBI in 135 games.  Not terrible but a decent starting point.  However his 2013 line went south, right now he is sitting at a .208 avg with a .264 obp, 3 homers and 9 rbi in 29 games.  He is only 23 years old and has some success on his resume so it is possible they will bring him back up to DH, or play 1b, left field, right field one of those “hide him here” positions.

My cohort @MTheed4 loves AAA catcher Mike Zunino who Seattle has primed and ready to go.  In 2012 Zunino had 2 stops in the minors and hit a combined .360 with 13 homers and 43 rbi.  2013 hasn’t been kind to his average at .220 however his power is there with 7 homers and 35 rbi in only 33 games.

At the moment Seattle called up catcher Jesus Sucre, however could Zunino be up soon?

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