The Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees shocked the baseball world with their deal that sent Michael Pineda and Jose Campos to The Bronx for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi. If both Pineda and Montero live up to their potential, both clubs should be extremely happy with the trade. With everything now official, here is some of the reaction from those around Major League Baseball.
Buster Olney of ESPN:
Have gotten e-mails/calls from six team re:Pineda trade, and all are stunned the Yankees got Pineda.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 14, 2012
Strong reaction so far from other teams: Some execs from other AL East teams believe Yankees just made an incredible trade.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 14, 2012
Jayson Stark loves the deal for what it is:
Montero-Pineda is one of most fascinating deals in years. Two young studs with star power. No money factor. A pure, old-time baseball trade— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) January 14, 2012
Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York gives his take:
You win with pitching, not hitting. The Yankees are betting Pineda is the real thing. There was a time during this past season when he was outpitching Felix Hernandez. Through July 4, Pineda was 9-8 with a 2.58 ERA. He was striking out nearly a batter per inning (106 in 108 innings). Then, apparently, he tired out.
So, just like Montero, Pineda has shown flashes of true greatness. The Yankees think there is more where those first three months came from.
Mariners beat writer Greg Johns:
Early reaction: Yankees fans upset at losing Montero, Mariners fans upset at giving up Pineda. Both are top young 22-yr.olds.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) January 14, 2012
Keith Law of ESPN:
@sepinwall Writing it up now, but I think there's merit on both sides of this deal. Fills a need for each club.— keithlaw (@keithlaw) January 14, 2012
This deal will certainly be the talk of the baseball world over the weekend. Most feel both sides will be happy in the long run. The Mariners got a potential catcher and (probably) their DH of the future, while the Yankees got a talented pitcher capable of being an ace one day.
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