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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bronx Banter: DeRosa: Leave the Gun. Take the Cannoli.

Oh, my good goodness gracious! Of all the dramatic things I’ve ever seen. Clemenza standing right in…the way of a Montero/Pineda thought!

So when I heard Jesus Montero was traded for Michael Pineda, I felt like we were trading a neck for a necktie. Sure, the tie is important, but without the neck, what’s the point?

Even without the catching, I’ll take Montero’s simple, solid bat over the complex musculature of Pineda’s throwing arm. You can watch Montero hit every game, all season long. There’s no better way to interface with a team than through a star hitter, especially for a young fan, because he’s always in the lineup.

I understand that having Pineda in the rotation probably makes the 2012 Yankees a better team than they would have been with Montero as the DH. But in 2013? And 2014?

Arod and Teixeira are already fractions of what they once were and they will be declining in the lineup for years to come. The Yankees have one big hitter in his prime, Cano, who is fierce but not flawless. You don’t have to squint too hard to see a Yankee team desperate for hitting.

The more I think about the trade, the more comfortable I am with Cashman’s logic and his vision. But I am firmly on the Montero side of the debate. It boils down to this: if they both become stars, I’d want Montero to be a Yankee.

Repoz Posted: January 19, 2012 at 01:01 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. flournoy Posted: January 19, 2012 at 02:21 PM (#4040435)
This has nothing to do with Mark DeRosa.
   2. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: January 19, 2012 at 03:15 PM (#4040517)
Maybe it's the Iron Maiden playing on my computer but "Fierce but not Flawless" sounds like a great name for a metal song or band.
   3. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: January 19, 2012 at 03:25 PM (#4040532)
Clearly this was some trade, as the fanbases of both teams seem to be fairly divided on who made out the best. I thought this was a bold but risky move by the Yankees and I have to admire Mr. Cashman's gumption in pulling the trigger here.
   4. Toolsy McClutch Posted: January 19, 2012 at 04:05 PM (#4040608)
What a waste of a great movie quotation.
   5. Dr. Vaux Posted: January 20, 2012 at 02:48 AM (#4040954)
Would the trade be able to be voided if this Montero visa thing winds up turning him into 26 year-old Hipolito Horatio Hyacinth Hernandez?
   6. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 20, 2012 at 03:02 AM (#4040957)
Would the trade be able to be voided if this Montero visa thing winds up turning him into 26 year-old Hipolito Horatio Hyacinth Hernandez?


Only if he's interested in keeping up appearances.
   7. Dr. Vaux Posted: January 20, 2012 at 03:46 AM (#4040967)
Well played.

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