Trade Finalized between Mariners and Yankees for Pineda and Montero
The Yankees and the Mariners have finally finalized the trade sending Michael Pineda to Yankees for Jesus Montero.
Both teams acknowledge they gave up impact players in Jesus Montero and Michael Pineda, but say the risks were worth it.
In Pineda, the Mariners not only gave up a potential ace, but "a wonderful person," Zduriencik said.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who has held that job for 14 years, said Monday that Jesus Montero "may very well be the best player I've ever traded ... He's that good."
Both GMs praised the secondary pieces in the trade as well. Hector Noesi will compete for a rotation spot, Zduriencik said.
"We'll always root for Michael. Any of us who care about people, you have an attachment to these young guys. Now our emotional attachment is to Jesus. He's part of the family now."
"I'm excited to see what's going to happen," he said. "Obviously, we have Felix at the top. There will be a lot of competition for the other spots."