Yankees and Mariners trade finalized and Cashman shocked Yankee fans

“He may very well be the best player I’ve traded.”

Those are the words Yankees GM Brian Cashman used regarding the young catcher Jesus Montero in the exchange for All-Star pitcher Michael Pineda and 19-year-old pitching prospect Jose Campos.

This trade as I said in my previous post was all about need-for-need: power arm in exchange for power bat.

Pineda immediately brings youth to the Yankees rotation. He just turned 23 and was an All-Star in his rookie season last year. Pineda went 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA and led all of baseball in holding right-handed batters to just a .184 average. He struck out 173 in 171 innings.

And no matter what arms Seattle had last season they lacked one thing to win ball games, Runs. Seattle hit just .233 as a team, scored 556 runs — worst in all of baseball — and hit only 109 homers in 2011. Seattle has failed to average four runs per game each of the past three seasons.

Montero could eventually provide the boost Seattle needs. During his brief call-up last September, Montero showed patience at the plate and an ability to hit with power to the opposite field. So before even playing his first game in Seattle, Montero is already being touted as the middle-of-the-order answer to the Mariners’ offensive woes.

Let’s put this trade to rest Yankee fans who miss Montero and realize this could turn into a Hamitlon-Volquez type trade that Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik projects:

“I look at it like we had a need and we were trying to address that need, and to get really good players you have to give up really good players. If this goes down and helps the Yankees and helps us both long term and short term, it’s a win-win for everybody.”

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