To the dark side…
The Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees have made a deal today, sources say, to send Mariners pitchers Michael Pineda and Jose Campos to the Yankees for catcher Jesus Montero and pitcher Hector Noesi.
Last season, in his rookie campaign, Pineda went 9-10 with an ERA of 3.74. He had 173 strikeouts and walked only 55 batters in 171 innings pitched.
He was up for Rookie of the Year but lost out to Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Montero is one of the highest ranked prospects in all of Major League Baseball and was highly sought out by many clubs. He only played 18 games in the majors for the Yankees.
The Mariners have been baffling the fanbase recently with their signings of multiple pitchers and this ends all that speculation.
With Pineda out, it leaves room for youngsters James Paxton and Taijuan Walker to make a run at a starting spot as well as the quick rise to the majors of Danny Hueltzen, the Mariners first draft choice in last year’s MLB Draft.
The catcher position in Seattle has been shaky since the absence of Dan Wilson and with this deal brings solidity to the position.