Saturday, January 14, 2012

Adios Pineda- Hola! Montero

  I wonder if Topps will blow it again this year and include Michael Pineda as a Mariner? They used him as their cover boy on 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects, but left him off their checklist.

 I still can't understand why Seattle traded the kid. There's much debate on whether Montero will be a big league catcher, or if he's a bat without a position. If he can hold his own as a catcher (like a Mike Piazza), then the trade should be about even. However, if he's nothing more than a DH, then I don't like it at all. You just don't trade a guy with the stuff of an ace for something other than a premium position player. Pineada hit the wall in the second half of his rookie season, but was very impressive until that point. He should be a high-strikeout, inning-eating workhorse.

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