That said, so far Montero has managed 3 hits, 2 strikeouts, and no walks in 4 games for the Mariners.Meanwhile Pineda helped solve the Yankees rotation debate with a case of shoulder tendonitis landing him on the 15 day DL, but preceding that had looked pretty good through the spring, working out his changeup despite diminished velocity and a spare tire that Josh Beckett would proudly sport in the spring. Noesi has only pitched 3 innings to a 21.00 ERA, giving up 7 earned runs in his first start of the season (Losing to Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers). So nobody’s gotten any “value” out of the trade yet, let’s all step back and realize that trading young players isn’t always about today, but about the several years of team control and cost certainty that have changed hands. There’s also another aspect to the trade that most people ignore: the team’s needs. The Yankees have had one of the most potent lineups in the majors for years, and losing Montero isn’t going to really change that, the Mariners are rebuilding and valued Montero’s bat (one of few in their lineup at the moment) and a potential No. 4 or 5 starter over Pineda who projected as their No. 2 again behind Felix Hernandez.
There’s no shortage of people prognosticating about this trade right now, but we all need to step back and realize that there is so much more to this trade than the first month of the 2012 season, and calling this a total loss is baseless and quite frankly stupid.