Re: Yankees officially worried about Pineda
posted at 3/25/2012 6:29 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Yankees officially worried about Pineda
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Yankees officially worried about Pineda : There's no way to know, but I wouldn't assume that the Red Sox would jump at that deal - if there is one thing that is more valuable than starting pitching, it's offensive from traditionally weak positions. It's what allows a lineup to have no holes. Lavarnway may never win a Gold Glove, but it's easy to see him becoming the AL version of Brian McCann. Reports are that Seattle wanted Ellsbury straight up, which is strange because
Ellsbury is almost the opposite of Montero - it suggests that the Mariners were determined to get rid of Pineda - maybe they knew something about his loss of velocity. The timing is a little suspicious too - you don't usually see blockbusters like this happen this late in the off-season
. Another point worth making is that Seattle shouldn't really be considered the gold standard for good FO moves these days. It seems like they are never really sure if they are contenders or not, and they have not been to the post-season in over a decade, despite the fact that they had a decent payroll most of those years. So maybe what Seattle would or wouldn't do shouldn't carry that much weight.
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Do you have a link to one report that suggested that the Mariners wanted Jacoby Ellsbury straight up for Michael Pineda?
Rumors in Seattle were that Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik would trade Pineda only for Jesus Montero, Brett Lawrie, Giancarlo Stanton or a fourth player (and Ellsbury would be unlikely to be the fourth given his advanced age and limited years of team control).
Brian McCann was a two-time All Star before his 24th birthday while Ryan Lavarway has played only 78 games above Double A as the Sox prospect approaches his 25th birthday in August. McCann was Baseball America's
44th-ranked prospect as a 21-year-old while Lavarnway has never been a BA
Top 100 prospect.
When do we usually see "blockbuster" trades? News of the Jesus Montero/Michael Pineda trade leaked out on January 13, although the trade did not become official until 10 days later.
It was a gusty move as each side took significant risks in trading from organizational depth to address immediate needs. Each team may reap long-term benefits.