Just when it seemed like the Yankees were going to head into spring training with the team they finished 2011 with, they made two big splashes in a matter of hours today.
The Yankees traded highly-touted catching/designated hitter prospect Jesus Montero for Mariners righthander Michael Pineda, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, and then signed Dodgers righthander Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year, $10 million deal, YES Network’s Jack Curry reported.
Kuroda posted a 3.07 ERA in 202 innings pitched last season, striking out 161 with a 1.21 WHIP. Pineda, in his rookie season, was selected to the All-Star team and finished with a 3.74 ERA in 171 innings with 173 strikeouts and a 1.01 WHIP.
Montero played 18 games as a September call-up, hitting .328 with four home runs and 12 RBIs.