Yankees trade Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda, sign Hiroki Kuroda

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.

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