The Yankees, who had sat silent through this offseason, suddenly became movers and shakers completing a pair of deals Friday night. They have reportedly traded catcher/DH Jesus Montero and right handed pitcher Hector Noesi to the Seattle Mariners for right handed pitchers Michael Pineda & RHP Jose Campos. The Yankees also finalized a one-year ten million dollar deal with right handed pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. Here's a look at the players moving to new teams today:
RHP Micheal Pineda (turns 23 on January 18th) - 2011 with Seattle made 28 starts, 171 IP, 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA/3.42 FIP, 9.11 K/9, & 2.89 BB/9. He was Baseball America's #16 rated prospect entering 2011 and is under team control for five more seasons.
RHP Jose Campos - 19 years old (turns 20 on July 27) - 2011 with the low A Everett AquaSox made 14 starts, 81.1 IP, 5-5 with a 2.32 ERA/2.38 FIP, 9.41 K/9, & 1.44 BB/9.
Hiroki Kuroda - 36 years old (turns 37 February 10) - 2011 with the Dodgers made 32 starts, 202 IP, 13-16 with a 3.07 ERA/3.78 FIP, 7.17 K/9, & 2.18 BB/9.t.
Catcher/DH Jesus Montero - 22 years old (turns 23 on November 28) - 2011 with Scranton Wilkes-Barre he posted a slash line of .288/.348/.467 with 18 HR and a wOBA of .356. In 18 games (69 PA) with the Yankees in 2011 he posted a slash line of .328/.406/.590 with 4 HR and a wOBA of .356. He was Baseball America's #3 rated prospect entering 2011 and is under team control for six seasons.
RHP Hector Noesi - 24 years old (turns 25 on January 26) - 2011 with New York he appeared in 30 games (2 starts), 56.1 IP, 2-2 with a 4.47 ERA/4.09 FIP, 7.19 K/9, 3.51 BB/9.
With the trade the Yankees now have filled their rotation: CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Micheal Pineda, Freddy Garcia, and Ivan Nova. They have also cleared a spot at DH and their may be interest in Carlos Pena (the Yankees did claim him from the Cubs last August).
Initial Reaction to the Hiroki Kuroda signing at Pinstripe Alley.
Initial Reaction to the Jesus Montero trade at Pinstripe Alley.
Initial reaction to the Micheal Pineda trade at Lookout Landing.
Jon Heyman reports Carlos Pena is on Yankees radar.
Dave Cameron at Fangraphs scribes: Yankees Land Pineda, Don't Pay Retail
We've been waiting all winter for either the Red Sox or Yankees to make their move--you know, the one that anoints one of them to be the prohibitive favorite to win not only the AL East but the Word Championship as well. Baseball is a game of superstition and maybe just maybe the fact that the deals were pulled off on Friday the 13th won't bode well for either New York or Seattle?