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Baseball Primer Newsblog
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. — At the time of the trade, one of the biggest of the winter before the 2012 season, both teams had every reason to be excited. The Seattle Mariners, in need of a hitter, had picked up Jesus Montero, the Yankees’ top prospect at the time, who many felt was a certain All-Star. The Yankees received Michael Pineda, a big, hard-throwing starting pitcher who had made the All-Star team as a rookie in 2011.
So far, the transaction is a wash — because neither team is happy with the results….
As unlikely as it seemed two years ago, the Yankees have a chance to come out ahead in the trade, in which they also received the pitching prospect Jose Campos. Pineda is a candidate to be the Yankees’ fifth starter, and at 8:35 a.m. Sunday he threw his first simulated game of the spring in front of the Yankees’ pitching coach, Larry Rothschild, and Manager Joe Girardi, who said he was pleased with the effort.
Pineda’s pitches were firm, and his command acceptable, and he even broke the bat of the switch-hitter Zoilo Almonte….
Hey, it’s only March, don’t #### on a young man’s hopes.
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