Yankees agree to sign Hiroki Kuroda


(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Rotation problem? What rotation problem? Less than an hour after acquiring Michael Pineda from the Mariners, the Yankees agreed to sign Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year deal worth $10M according to Jack Curry and Joel Sherman. The right-hander still has to pass his physical, and Buster Olney says Hal Steinbrenner approved an expanded budget to sign him. The Yankees will not have to give up a draft pick.

I, and really all of us at RAB are Kuroda fans and have been pining for him this offseason, so it goes without saying that we like the contract. Kuroda isn’t a star but he’s a rock solid veteran pitcher that will give the team innings and a chance to win basically every time out. He misses bats (7.23 K/9 and 19.4 K% last two years), limits walks (2.19 BB/9 and 5.9 BB%), and gets ground balls (47.1%), so he does everything someone needs to do to succeed in a tough environment.

It’s worth noting that Russell Martin knows Kuroda from his Dodgers days, so that should help the right-hander with the adjustment to the new league, the tougher ballpark, basically everything. Also, the Yankees recently hired Kenji Nimura, who was Kuroda’s translator with the Dodgers (caption of picture #10). He’ll have a similar role here, so that should help as well. Apparently he speaks fluent Spanish and Japanese, so I doubt he was brought in specifically for Kuroda, especially since the hiring occurred earlier this offseason.

It sounds crazy given where they were a few hours ago, but the Yankees now actually have a ton of pitching depth. Pineda and Kuroda will join CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova in the rotation, leaving A.J. Burnett, Freddy Garcia, and Phil Hughes to duke it out for the fifth starter’s spot. A trade is always possible, but pitching depth is never a bad thing.

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  1. David says:

    New York Yankees: Leading the league in starting pitchers whose last name ends in ‘a’.

  2. 28 this year says:

    The site just got slow cause the sky is falling!!!

    Holy crap, two pitchers in just an hour. Well, I am speechless.

  3. Joe says:

    Wait so who is the odd man out? Is AJ getting traded for a bag of balls?

  4. Rainbow Connection says:


  5. BigBlueAL says:

    Yeah so Im not worried about the Yankees starting pitching anymore. lol

  6. kenthadley says:

    There is more going on…too many SP’s and a gap in the lineup…

  7. Guns of Navarone says:


    I really hope the Yankees trade AJ for whatever they can get. Nova and/or Hughes need to be in this rotation.

  8. macattack says:

    this evening is like christmas part deux. so excellent.

  9. Peter North says:

    Looks like Hughes is heading back to the bullpen.

  10. Peter says:


  11. Ghost says:


    This basically means that that yankees at some point are going to eat a majority of Burnett’s contract and cut their losses, while banishing Hughes to the Bullpen…

  12. Rainbow Connection says:

    AJ to mop up?
    Hughes to the 6th???

  13. Plank says:

    AJ plus 30MM traded for nothing in particular to the _________?

  14. JCYanks says:

    Get Prince’s fat ass on a jet to new york now.

  15. Bill R says:

    See you later AJ! Hope we at least get a hot dog vendor in return!

  16. Zanath says:

    My head just exploded. Guess it’s a three way battle for no. 5 spot unless someone is traded?

  17. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    hallaluah..holy shit! where’s the tylenol!

  18. Jon in CUO says:

    So what happens next? Hughes to the pen, AJ traded? I’m not crazy about giving on Hughes the SP, since that’s what this essentially means, but he’s had his chances.

    And you’d think AJ will be gone too. There’s not really a spot for him in the pen (unless he takes Noesi’s longman/mopup guy role?) and there’s so much depth at AAA that they don’t really need to worry about keeping him around as insurance.

  19. Cuso says:


  20. Jon in CUO says:

    So what happens next? Hughes to the pen, AJ traded? I’m not crazy about giving up on Hughes the SP, since that’s what this essentially means, but he’s had his chances.

    And you’d think AJ will be gone too. There’s not really a spot for him in the pen (unless he takes Noesi’s longman/mopup guy role?) and there’s so much depth at AAA that they don’t really need to worry about keeping him around as insurance.

    • CP says:

      Mike said that Hughes probably has an option left. If that’s the case, then sending him to AAA would be a great move. AJ can go to the pen, giving the Yankees the most expensive pen in the history of the game.

  21. Will F says:

    exactly my thoughts, I would not be surprised if hughes or nova gets traded to fill that void at DH. Think about it, with sabathia, pineda, kuroda, and garcia, you have one rotation spot plus a possible longman job in the bullpen. They won’t get anything of value in a trade with a.j., so it seems that hughes and nova could be traded soon to fill that gap. If I were the yankees, I would keep nova.

    • Genghis says:

      I have to agree with you, and I’m surprised so few people have picked up on the possibility of Nova being traded. Now, if one of Nova or Hughes are traded, it’s basically selling high on Nova, selling low on Hughes. So it would not surprise me if Nova gets traded, but it would be for someone really good.

      • radnom says:

        Or they could just keep the cheap/young mid-rotation starter. I can’t see him bringing back anything as valuable as that.

      • Craig Maduro says:

        I’ve actually talked to a lot of people and written a post or two suggesting that the Yanks might look to move Nova. But people were not really buying the idea too much.

  22. Matt DiBari says:

    The Yankees have to be trading Burnett now, right?


  23. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    i keep reading the sox thread b/c RAB is so slow.

    sox fans are crapping right now.

    after the pineda announcement one poster said..ok Ben…go get Kuroda!

  24. Plank says:

    When are the Yankees gonna go out and get pitching?

    /last 2 months’d

  25. DM says:

    Something else must be brewing. Could the Hughes era be over already?

  26. Karl Krawfid says:

    Carlos Pena back with Kevin Long wouldn’t be so bad.

  27. emac2 says:

    I wonder what the cubs are sending us for Hughes and AJ

  28. haha says:

    im never gonna doubt cash money again. he has his WTF are u doing moments but this is why he is one of the best gms in the game!!

  29. Dale Mohorcic says:

    Its like the end of the “Godfather”. Next thing is Mo getting a bullet in the eyeball. Green, not Rivera.

  30. Jamey says:

    AJ Burnett for chicken beer!

  31. I am not the droids you're looking for... says:

    Teh interwebs are sploding. So is my head. What a night.

    A day that will live in infamy. The trade will either be Jay Buhner 2, or Grandy for IPK 2.

    If we sign Fielder I will literally collapse.

  32. Ethan says:

    Still unsure how I feel about the Montero-Pineda trade. But definitely liking the signing of Kuroda.

    Dear RAB, you need more servers to handle traffic during crazy days like this!

  33. Bo Knows says:

    This is like a late Christmas, we are literally being showered in Pitchers…Santa Cash delivering Yankee wishes since 2005

  34. Miles says:

    Two questions: Who’s the DH? Room for Cespedes on the roster?

    • joe says:

      That’s what Im thinking. There has to be a pitching move, and a dh move. Think Cashman really wants Nunez starting a bunch. Short term basis, yeah, but not for a whole season.

    • Landry says:

      Why are you so high on Cespedes? His asking price is the $7M a year range. A lot for someone unproven.

  35. Nathan says:


    Hughes to the ‘pen. Bye AJ, thanks for ’09.

    • Greg says:

      Why is everyone putting Garcia ahead of Hughes for the 5th rotation spot? I for one would much rather have Hughes and Burnett in front of Garcia. It’s much easier to eat the 1.5M Garcia is owed than a majority of Burnett’s contract. I also trust Hughes more than Garcia.

      • Need Pitching says:

        Garcia signed for $4M.

      • Nathan says:

        Garcia has been reliable. Sure, his upside isn’t as “sexy” as Phil’s but you know what you’re getting with Freddy. Sure, Freddy won’t strike out 8 over five or six, but he’ll get you those five or six innings and keep you in the game. Phil, at this point, isn’t a sure bet to make it out of the third.

  36. Plank says:

    What is Hughes’ realistic trade value? I wouldn’t mind seeing Hughes and Burnett traded. Burnett no matter what, just for a fresh start. Hughes if they can get something of value either now or in the future in return.

    • radnom says:

      I would take Hughes’ upside over what his trade value is right now. AJ if he made the league minimum wouldn’t be worth his roster spot currently, so trade him if you can but there is no reason to get rid of Hughes just for the sake of doing so – keep the depth and let him battle with Garcia in ST.

      Don’t forget that Noesi is gone as well.

      • Plank says:

        Yeah, it depends on what he could bring back, but I don’t think I could justify starting him over Garcia, and perhaps he could be more valuable to another team as a starter than to us as a long man. I would rather have the semi-unknowns of Phelps or Warren than Hughes as the long man at this point.

        I know I’m lower on Hughes than most.

  37. forensic says:

    Not a fan of it. Don’t believe in him succeeding here. Can’t wait to see them use all the old guys and send nova back down to the minors.

    Just when I’m starting to think the organization is thinking long term and I like the quietness of the offseason, these things happen.

    • Countryclub says:

      They just traded for a 23 yr old pitcher . Nova isn’t losing his spot. Hughes probably will though. They could always trade Garcia to NL too

      • forensic says:

        And to get that 23 YO pitcher they traded a 24 YO pitcher and a 22 YO hitter.

        And everyone said Nova wouldn’t lose his spot last year when Hughes came back. I have zero faith in this front office and development staff doing the ‘right’ thing.

        • Esteban says:

          And also got back a another prospect. It was 2 for 2, no?

          • Esteban says:

            Jose Campos was the Mariners #5 prospect and Baseball America’s Ben Badler has tweeted this about him:
            “Jose Campos would be a huge piece in this deal. Electric fastball.”
            “Montero and Pineda will rightfully get the bulk of the attention, but getting Campos could pay off big time down the road for the Yankees.”
            “No. 2 starter is likely ceiling. Could move quickly. RT @Hopjake what is Campos’s ceiling?”.

            Let’s ignore that and just pretend it was Montero and Noesi for Pineda.

            • forensic says:

              Sorry, misspoke in my last reply, not that they should barely exist in baseball, that they should barely exist in considerations like this.

              And good, that sounds just like Hughes and Joba. But I’m sure he won’t just be another two pitch pitcher, though they took care of that part anyway with Pineda.

              • Esteban says:

                Not all 19 year old pitchers are the same. Some are better prospects than others and you have to take that into consideration.

          • forensic says:

            Prospects who are 19 YO in low A should barely even exist in baseball. They are so far away that it almost doesn’t even matter, especially the way the Yankees typically handle their young pitchers.

            • Esteban says:

              So you never complained about Arodys Vizcaino for Javy Vazquez then? Hope not.

              • forensic says:

                Nope, do a search. I complained about trading anything for Vazquez because I knew he’d be terrible again.

                • Esteban says:

                  But who cares about 19 year old pitchers right? Since they don’t matter, trading Vizcaino was the right move even with hindsight, right?

                  • forensic says:

                    Huh? I said they don’t really matter to me. So trading him doesn’t matter either way. The fact was that getting Vazquez is a net loss no matter what was given for him.

    • Truth says:

      They are. That’s why it’s a one year deal. One of the young guys should be ready for 2013.

      • forensic says:

        Ah, 2013, when they’ll spend another $150 million on a pitcher moving past his prime.

        • Truth says:

          Someone doesn’t seem to understand how baseball works.

          • forensic says:

            YOu’re right, because I don’t want them to continue signing old expensive pitchers to block young cheap pitchers, it means I have no idea how baseball works.

            They refuse to trade all these guys because they’re the ‘future’ of the team, then they go and sign pitchers like this and Garcia every year, and use pitchers like Mitre and Brian Gordon every year.

    • Landry says:

      Remind me to to sign up for your motivational classes at the Ramada Inn this year.

  38. scrap says:

    Throwing an idea out there I can see the Yankees trading AJ to the braves (who had an interest in him in 2009)and getting Martin Prado who if im not mistaken was being shopped at the beginning of the off season. You can then rotate the DH because of Prado’s versatility.

    • Adam Hobson says:

      Braves don’t need AJ. They already dumped Lowe and still have something like eight contenders for the rotation.

    • TCMiller30 says:

      The Braves already dumped an overpriced pitcher.. I don’t think they want a new one

    • Landry says:

      Braves are against a hard salary limit…Prado – $4.3M/yr, AJ – $16.5M…The Yankees would have to eat way too much on that deal, plus AJ would block one of the Braves pitchers they want to move up.

      • radnom says:

        The Yankees would have to eat way too much on that deal

        If you told me the Yankees were getting rid of Burnett and the other team was paying almost $5 for him per year I would consider that a huge win. Even if they got no other players back – but in this dream scenario they would actually get someone useful.

  39. DM says:

    The Jorge Vasquez era begins as p/t DH, back up 1st baseman, power bat off the bench.

  40. Jumpin' Jack Swisher says:

    I think there’s some of us that will need a few days to digest Pineda/Montero, to the chagrin of those commenters who think we’re a bunch of assholes because we’re not jumping up and down right away, but what’s done is done.

    Independent of Montero, Nova/Pineda will be an interesting duo to watch.

    I still love Kuroda as placeholder for Banuelos or Betances.

    My hunch? Hughes stays. Only room for so many of Warren/Phelps/Mitchell. Garcia quietly gets sent somewhere else. Burnett dons a chicken suit and becomes the first Yankee mascot since Highlander Harry.

    • Plank says:

      Garcia can’t be traded for a few months. He’s not going anywhere.

      I’m looking forward to having two good, young pitchers to watch for the next 5 years. One is a potentially great pitcher. Pineda is young.

      • Jumpin' Jack Swisher says:

        True on Garcia.

        The Montero part stings more than the Pineda part, at least right now. Like I said, my hope is that both teams are smiling from this trade five years from now.

        If Pineda and Nova continue to build upon what we’ve seen thus far, and don’t regress, this is going to all look very nice.

        • Plank says:

          Yeah, I’m still digesting this trade.

          I don’t know what I think of it yet. Pined being young and the only player to establish dominance in MLB makes it seem like the Yankees “won”, but that just balances out the loss of my expectation of seeing Jesus rake in NY for the next 6 years. I was never high on Noesi and Campos is intriguing to me.

          Pineda’s top 3 comps on B-R (admittedly, not a great barometer) for Pineda are Beckett, Halladay, and Jack McDowell by the way. If that turns out to be accurate, this will be a slam dunk for the Yankees.

          • Jumpin' Jack Swisher says:

            I keep on saying “only one season” to myself when looking at this guy.

            It’s not lost on me that Montero has even less big league experience, but there’s a lot of comparisons and numbers being thrown around on Pineda, and its just one season.

            What’s done is done. I hope he becomes a combination of all three of those. I will break his kneecaps if we regret this trade. ;)

    • Landry says:

      I think Garcia stays. I believe one reason they kept him around is to continue his mentoring of Nova.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Something is fucking wrong when I agree word for word.

  41. DM says:

    I think Freddy stays in the rotation. He’s like having a knuckleballer in between all the hard throwers. I don’t see how AJ can be traded with his contract — but I can see Hughes being farmed out for uber-depth or them trading his 3 mil away for prospect depth in an area of need, like the outfield.

  42. Rainbow Connection says:

    Why are people pretending there will be a huge void at DH? There are old dudes on the team that need that spot to hopefully stay healthy.
    They opened up the logjam at DH.

    • Plank says:

      The comparison is:

      DH old guys, have Nunez play vs. rest old guy have Nunez and someone like Pena (for example).

      Pretty much a wash, but they have the ability to have a good DH even when all the starters are playing. The only player who would hit better than a theoretical DH (like Pena) is Arod. Jeter should never DH.

    • John Ya Ya says:


    • Esteban says:

      I like this new Rainbow Connection, actually engaging and making real substantive comments instead of taking potshots and trolling.

  43. Mike says:

    Burnett will be gone and Hughes and Garcia will battle for the 5th spot in the rotation with the loser being the long man out of the bullpen. I really do think a DH move is still to come but I really dont think it will be Fielder

  44. Must be nice to have an ownership that’s actually committed to winning baseball games.

  45. MP says:

    We need to have a livechat like right now. This is too much.

    • Jon in CUO says:

      Love this idea. I imagine it’d be like the town hall meetings of 2009. Just confusion, anger, and raw emotion everywhere.

  46. Mattchu12 says:

    Not sure I get this big worry about the DH spot, seems fairly obvious to me:

    Nunez plays the field on days that Jeter and Cano DH, Chavez plays the field on days that A-Rod and Teixeira DH, while Jones and Chavez split the rest of the time at DH.

    Sure, I miss Montero already and will be a little sad when I see him in a Mariners uniform, but I’m not going to cry about having a very cheap arm that at worst will be a solid 3/4 with the potential to be a 1/2. Truth is that Montero wasn’t a great fit, even if we loved his bat.

  47. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Sox respond by inviting Varitek to spring training..

    its on you for the next move, Cashman!

  48. Brian in NH says:

    i guess i feel a little good about this, a little bittersweet though as i was looking forward to watching montero mash for years to come.

  49. 28 this year says:

    There has to be another move or two before the season starts to address the excess depth (depth is one thing but the Yankees have Hughes, Garcia, Burnett, Warren, Phelps, Mitchell, and to a lesser extent Banuelos, and Betances as legitimate starting options at some point in the season. I see value in having 6, 7, 8, or even nine starters but the Yanks are closer to ten or eleven. Also, now we could a DH, maybe Pena on a one year deal? Or something along those lines?

    • 28 this year says:

      or in my dream world, Fielder decides to sign a one year deal for some odd reason and Hal decides to ok the expanded budget to accomodate Fielder and the Yankees go to town owning the rest of the league.

  50. Umbrelladoc says:

    Pineda has some interesting numbers. Gave up 9 homers at home and on the road, but had 2 more starts but a higher era on the road 4.4 to 2.9. Here’s the number I like whip of 1.1. Montero is untouchable only if he can catch. Offense can always be acquired at dh.

  51. Moboy says:

    Surpised people are talking about the DH role so much. Just bring back Matsui.

  52. Pounder says:

    Don’t forget Kuroda is on a one year deal.Nova and Hughes are going nowhere,Now Burnett….

  53. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    well, now the Yanks have someone to get Nick Punto out!

  54. j says:

    How would you guys feel about a Adam Dunn/AJ Burnett bad contract swap? The salaries are pretty darn close. Dunn has 3/39 left, AJ 2/36.

    • Foghorn Leghorn says:

      i’d sign up for that in a NY minute…perhaps we can catch kenny williams in one of those moments

    • john says:

      If this was facebook i’d click the like button… makes sense for both teams and the yanks might be able to get the sox to pay 6mil to even it all out

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I’d think about it, but it won’t happen because Dunn would impact the 2014 austerity budget. Burnett will not.

      • 28 this year says:

        Exactly what I was going to say. The extra year is pretty big dealbreaker if the austerity budget part is true. Plus it adds salary in a year where luxury tax penalties increase so it would take money from the White Sox to make it work and I doubt they would eat money.

      • forensic says:

        Do you really have to insist on calling $189 million ‘austerity’ every change you get?

    • emcee says:

      I was just thinking of an AJ-Carlos Lee bad contract swap, but Dunn might be better.

  55. Grit for Brains says:

    Sick roation…but there is a hole in the lineup unless you expect more from A-Rod which I’ve kinda grown not to do

  56. Mike says:


  57. bra'tac says:

    A write on Jose Campos:

    Jose Campos 19-years-old, starting pitcher, Short Season Everett
    I have talked about (and with) Campos a few times in the past couple of months already. A product of Venezuela with a big fastball and good mound presence playing in a league with much older competition in 2011, he already is drawing comparisons to King Felix Hernandez. The AquaSox even had a “Campos’ Court” promotion in his final home start this year at Everett Memorial. His 2.32 ERA and 0.97 WHIP helped earn him

    Like his fellow countryman, this right-hander is relying heavily on his fastball at this point in his development. Everett Pitching Coach Andrew Lorraine said, “Developmentally, he is pretty close to everyone else we have here; he just has a better arm,”. Indeed, that fastball regularly sits 93-95 and reaches the high-90s at times with good arm-side run and sink when he keeps it low in the zone. He also throws a breaking ball that isn’t very consistent in command or velocity right now, though he was making advancements in those areas later in the season. His changeup also improved dramatically throughout the season and could be the key to how good Campos can become, much like Felix.

  58. bra'tac says:

    A write on Jose Campos:

    Jose Campos 19-years-old, starting pitcher, Short Season Everett
    I have talked about (and with) Campos a few times in the past couple of months already. A product of Venezuela with a big fastball and good mound presence playing in a league with much older competition in 2011, he already is drawing comparisons to King Felix Hernandez. The AquaSox even had a “Campos’ Court” promotion in his final home start this year at Everett Memorial. His 2.32 ERA and 0.97 WHIP helped earn him

    Like his fellow countryman, this right-hander is relying heavily on his fastball at this point in his development. Everett Pitching Coach Andrew Lorraine said, “Developmentally, he is pretty close to everyone else we have here; he just has a better arm,”. Indeed, that fastball regularly sits 93-95 and reaches the high-90s at times with good arm-side run and sink when he keeps it low in the zone. He also throws a breaking ball that isn’t very consistent in command or velocity right now, though he was making advancements in those areas later in the season. His changeup also improved dramatically throughout the season and could be the key to how good Campos can become, much like Felix.
    He showed very good control and had plus command at times in 2011, but the command of the secondary offerings will be another key to Campos’ continued success as he advances through the organization. He, too, should see Clinton in 2012 and could end up being the type of arm that skips a level at some point. That said, he is at least two full seasons away from being a legitimate big league option for Seattle.

  59. I am not the droids you're looking for... says:

    In on Peña now. Head. Is. Exploding.

  60. Jumpin' Jack Swisher says:

    According to my IPhone MLBTR notification, Carlos Pena’s on “the radar.” May a wayward ball NEVER make it down the first base line again.

  61. Peter Gammons says:

    Don’t be surprised if Aaron Cook wins more games that Kuroda and Pineda combined…

  62. Brooklyn Ed says:

    The Nakajima bidding now would had made sense if Montero was traded earlier, and A-Rod to DH. So hmm, now the question remains who will fill the DH void?

  63. CJ says:

    Prince is my repeated guess. Hal boras is my clue.
    AJ for Dunn is interesting. Soriano? Rios?
    FA Carlos Pena and Damon are possibilities

  64. whitey says:

    Dunn for Burnett yes please!! Not sure i’m sold on the kuroda deal

  65. 28 this year says:

    Jose Campos seems like quite the extra pickup. He’s a legit prospect with a shot at being a major part of a rotation if a couple things break right. With some luck, he could make any difference between Montero and Pineda disappear.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      lol. I love how there’s ridiculous whining from people no matter what kind of move the Yankees make. It’s not as if they went out and threw another $100 million contract at someone.

  66. Mo says:

    unless they sign prince to dh this doesn’t make sense. Kuroda was all they needed now they just have a surplus of pitchers. The rotation with kuroda and noesi would have been fine until july when betances and manny could have helped or made a trade then once jesus was exposed to more big league action. Jesus is gonna be something special and pined tired out at end of last year. I don’t like this deal right now but happy with kuroda signing.

    • Chip says:

      Pineda is a 22 year old pitcher who threw 170ish innings last season in the majors last season. That in itself is something special. The fact that he struck out over a batter per inning is just icing on the cake.

  67. Troll Hunter says:

    Now its being reported that the Yankees are sniffing around Carlos Pena to fill Montero’s shoes! (facepalm)

  68. JJ says:

    Lot of reporters commenting how execs around the league think the Pineda/Montero trade was a huge win for the Yanks. Young cheap pitching > young cheap hitting, especially when said hitter doesn’t have a true position besides DH. Please detach yourselves from the Montero love affair and view the trade objectively. Pineda’s addition to the rotation is more valuable than Montero’s addition to the lineup. Trade from a strength to shore up a weakness. Don’t sleep on Campos, if there was an amateur draft today he’d be a top 10 pick. Mariners fans are devastated they traded him away.

    CC – Pineda – Kuroda – Nova – Garcia. AJ Burnett is donezo and Hughes will be in the pen. The rotation just went from a huge weakness to a strength in the span of 2 hours. If Cashman was a ninja before, he’s officially graduated to master sensei now.

    • Foghorn Leghorn says:

      have the yanks ever signed this high level of quality pitching in one off season – CC, Pineda and Kuroda?

      • JJ says:

        Well, if you count CC no they haven’t …. but I wouldn’t quite call that a true signing. Still, these two additions within the span of 2 hours represent a massive upgrade for the rotation. Post season rotation of CC Pineda Kuroda & Nova inspires infinitely more confidence than our rotation did last season.

      • Need Pitching says:

        CC, AJ, Pettitte????

    • forensic says:

      I have no love affair with Montero, I was all for them trading him because of Girardi, but I wanted a trade for something better. Not another two-pitch pitcher who will just be another Hughes in a year or two and another Burnett in a few more years.

  69. Dave M says:

    This signing helps the bullpen because, they now have a middle to end of the rotation pitcher who can give them 200 innings. So less need for middle relief. Hopefully they don’t need 13 pitchers on the roster all year.

  70. Chip says:

    So we basically replaced Burnett and Hughes with Pineda and Kuroda

    Burnett + Hughes (Fans estimations on FG) = 3.3 WAR
    Pineda + Kuroda = 7.5 WAR

    So basically we added 4 wins just to next season in the rotation. That’s huge. Yeah, we lost some in Montero but how much did anybody think that Montero was going to play in the field next season anyhow? It would be a hard thing for him to be a 4 win player as the DH

    • Foghorn Leghorn says:

      its even more than that.

      This allows Hughes and the other youngsters to continue their development.

      And, now CC and Pineda are both under team control for 6 years. This rotation is setting up for long term success and I can’t remember the last time I could say that about the Yanks…even in the late 90s.

    • Esteban says:

      What is their $/WAR?

    • forensic says:

      And lost offense in Montero, lost offense in playing Nunez more often, lost pitching in Noesi, lost roster flexibility, and lost opportunity to see their young pitchers for yet another year.

      And you’re not getting Safeco Pineda, you’re getting YS Pineda. Not the same thing. I think they’re a worse team now than they were a few hours ago.

      • Esteban says:

        And lost offense in Montero, lost offense in playing Nunez more often, lost pitching in Noesi,

        Gained pitching in Pineda. Pineda>>> Noesi. Sorry.

        • forensic says:

          I just don’t beleive that two-pitch Pineda will be anything more than Hughes or Burnett in the long run.

          • The Fallen Phoenix says:

            Except Pineda has more command of his fastball at age 22 than AJ Burnett ever did in his entire major league career?

          • Bo Knows says:

            just ignore the 2 pitch Clayton Kershaw or two pitch (prior to 2010) Josh Beckett, or James Shields prior to 2007 was a two pitch pitcher, or David Price he’s basically all FB

            Most starting pitchers especially those with power arms come up as 2 two pitchers before starting to incorporate there other pitches

  71. Rudy says:

    I’d love me some of that. Dunn would smack 70 homers in Yankee Stadium. (+ the KL effect). Whose contract is worth more?

  72. Plank says:

    The Red Sox just avoided arbitration with Ryan Sweeny.

    Move: Countered.

  73. HomeRodRun says:

    In the absence of any more trades (now) this is what I think happens:

    The Yankees try and trade Brunett, and more than likely will fail. They break camp with CC, Nova, Pineda, Garcia and Brunett. Hughes takes over Joba’s role till he comes back (doesnt make sense to have AJ fill that role, since he cannot throw strikes). If Brunett sucks, they unload him for some NL contender and stretch Hughes out for the rotation.

    If Brunett does not suck and Hughes is as he was in ’09 – first half of ’10, they still trade Brunett for some position player, if possible.

  74. Sweet Dick Willie says:

    From the Boston Globe blog:

    bosoxtw16 wrote:
    CHERINGTON SUCKS CHERINGTON SUCKS CHERINGTON SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1/13/2012 9:51 PM EST

    Sound familiar?

  75. j says:

    A Pena/Jones platoon at DH would mash.

    • Plank says:

      I would much rather have Pena than Betemit. Obviously there are more options than those two, but those are the two names I see bandied about. (Yes, bandied)

      I would much rather pick up a big bat to DH rather than a lesser bat who can play more in the field.

      • Need Pitching says:

        unfortunately, I have a feeling with Kuroda signed, Yankees won’t expand the budget enough to sign Pena as well. In that case, Betemit isn’t a horrible alternative – hits righties fairly well, can fake some 3B

        • Plank says:

          I don’t think Pena will cost much. Coupled with the fact that he would be a huge upgrade over their current DH (…anyone?) I think it makes enough sense.

  76. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    im shocked how negative the reaction is…i think Cashman just hosed the Settle Mariners in big way. People care about Noesi???? the prospect we just got in the Pineda trade has quadruple the upside of Nosei. LOVE THIS MOVE and Kuroda just makes this team filthy good. who cares about a DH thats the most worthless position on a baseball team. andruw jones could be the DH and Yanks offense would easily be top 3 in baseball.

    • Jumpin' Jack Swisher says:

      Oh dear.

      Campos is in High-A. Noesi spent half the year in the majors.

      It’s also amazing how far someone’s stock can drop in the span of a couple of hours. Just a DH….

      • JJ says:

        Montero’s always been just a DH. Or are all of the scouts in MLB wrong in suggesting he can’t catch long term? It’s obviously the Yankees have been trying to sneakily keep the perception alive that he could catch, and finally traded him before that was completely exposed. I’m going to miss Montero but he really didn’t have a true position.

        Young starting pitching is always better than young hitting. Pineda is 22 and has a successful year under his belt – there’s not many pitchers who can make that claim. Campos is only 19 and is a great prospect. Noesi was a slightly above average pitcher – we already have tons of those.

        • Jumpin' Jack Swisher says:

          *shakes head*

        • YankeeJosh says:

          Young starting pitching is only better than young hitting if it is good young starting pitching. Pineda has some warning signs and a second half slump in 2011. Was the league adjusting to him? How will a fly ball pitcher do at YSIII? We all loved Hughes and Joba but right now I think it’s safe to say Montero has more upsideb than either of them.

          Montero is a DH, but DH has value. Look at what Ortiz did for Boston for all those years. Montero projects to be that good with the bat from everything I’ve seen and read.

          this deal could work out great for the Yankees or wind up being a bust, but it is far from a no-brainer.

          • JJ says:

            Montero projects to be good, but Pineda already has been good. Yes he had a 2nd half slump but the kid is 22 and it was his first year in the majors. It was pretty evident he tired down the stretch.

            DH’s do have value, but a full time DH’s value on our team is extremely minimized because that is a spot where Arod and Texeira will have to occupy. Like it or not, those guys will need the DH in order to maximize their value. We also have 2 good catching prospects in Romine and Sanchez. Trading away a strength to sure up a weakness is a win. It’s infinitely easier to acquire an effective DH than it is to acquire and effective #2 starter. That is undebatable.

      • Sweet Dick Willie says:

        It’s a page out of the Sux playbook.

        Casey Kelly was a sure-fire HOFer when he was their prospect, but was called a mid-rotation starter after the trade.

        • JJ says:

          no, it’s called being realistic. I’ve always maintained that montero was a hitter without a position. if you were fooled to believe otherwise, then i’m sorry.

      • Plank says:

        Noesi spent half the year in the majors and pitched ok. He’s no big loss for the Yankees especially with their depth at that kind of pitching.

        Losing Montero hurts, and will for the next half decade. Noesi is no big loss to me.

  77. Reggie C. says:

    With Freddy Garcia and a BEVY of AAA arms in the wings, I just can’t imagine both AJ and Hughes remain in pinstripes at the start of the season. Someone’s getting traded. Nobody is getting DFA’d off the 40-man, cut, whatever the term be.

    Kuroda isnt even the star of the evening. He’s probably not even the star of this thread. We’re all reeling, but in a couple days, knowing Kuroda will take the #3 spot will make us all feel a hella of a lot better.

  78. Grit for Brains says:

    Burnett for Jason Bay?? Very similar money

    • FIPster Doofus says:


      • Grit for Brains says:

        Mainly bc of the money; it’s subtracting a guy who has sadly now become what? the longman? for a guy with power and obp potential? He’s had a rough stint with the Mets..but I still think he’s better than a 16mil longman

        • JJ says:

          Jason Bay? Please god no. Burnett is extremely volatile, and although he can be awful he can also be decent / good at times. Bay is just always awful. There is no good mixed in.

  79. Dale Mohorcic says:

    BP Burnett for Adam Dunn. Git er done cash money.

  80. HomeRodRun says:

    I only worry about one thing…Pineda’s most poor starts were against AL East teams.

    July 19 TOR (5 runs in 6.1 inn), July 24 BOS (7 runs in 4.1 inn), Aug 15 TOR (5 runs in 5 inn)

    He had two other stand out bad start against DET and LAA.

    This is a bit worrisome.

    • Esteban says:

      Oh by that metric, AJ Burnett should have continued to dominate AL East teams when the Yankees signed him, right?

    • JJ says:

      Small sample size alert. Please don’t overreact to it.

      • Esteban says:

        No 3 starts as a 22 year old are definitive.

      • HomeRodRun says:

        The original argument of him being a great and projecting as a future ace is just based on his arm and a small sample as well. So the “small” sample argument goes through when you are arguing in favor of your position but falls flat when one argues against your position..very convenient.

        • Esteban says:

          A season is a bigger sample size than 3 starts against the AL East, no? Especially to say you’re worried that he won’t do well against the AL East.

        • Joe D. says:

          “The original argument of him being a great and projecting as a future ace is just based on his arm and a small sample as well.”

          Pinedas entire professional career = The last six full seasons = not a small sample.

    • Greg says:

      1. A ton of pitchers struggle against the AL east.

      2. It is a small sample size.

  81. Virgil Earp says:

    No problem with the signing of Kuroda. No risk really except money which the Yanks have. But to trade away the next Yankee great is unacceptable and I ain’t talking about Hector Noesi. And he didn’t even get King Felix in return. Yes you put CC, Kuroda, Pineda, Nova and Garcia in a rotation and good things will probably happen but Montero was a tremendous talent. Awful trade.

    • JJ says:

      It’s incredibly silly that you anointed Montero the ‘next Yankee great’ after 70 plate appearances. Did Hughes and Joba receive the same anointing?

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      And Pineda’s not a tremendous talent? I understand being against the trade – hell, I still can’t even mentally process it enough to form a real opinion – but get real.

  82. 28 this year says:

    So, since Kuroda is on a one year deal, Hamels still a target for next year? CC, Hamels, Pineda, Nova, Banuelos/Betances/sack of balls equals quite the rotation.

  83. paul a says:

    I don’t want to spoil anyones party,but the last young hitter we shipped to Seattle was Jay Buhner. Need I say more

  84. tabbert says:

    A lot of people are wondering about our offense but fail to realize just how much better we got today.

    Lineup- virtually identical to last years
    Starting pitching – CC,Pineda,Kuroda,nova,Garica ( 10000000x better)
    Bullpen now adds phil hughes and joba, with sori,drob,mo.

    We have to be considered one of the best overall pitching staffs in the game with that starting five and that nasty, nasty bullpen.

    Offense? not going to need much. Teams wont be scoring much on the 2012 yankees.

  85. pat says:

    We basically just retraded for Arodys, except without the injury concerns.

  86. The Manchine says:

    Hughes for Mark Trumbo?

  87. tabbert says:

    And what is with all of the criticism towards pineda’s second half stats and his splits again AL East teams. Last time i checked, he was a 22 year old rookie with all the raw talent in the world. Why don’t you go check out king felix stats for his first few years in the bigs. Maybe people should focus on the fact that at the age of 22 he was able to throw 170+ innings with a 3.74 era.

    Fact is, Montero was a luxury that was only going to complicate things for this team in the future. Now Martin can take over for a few years until its time for sanchez to take over as the next great yankee catcher.

    A young core built around Cano,Pineda, Killer B’s, Nova, Sanchez,just to name a few, sounds pretty good to me.

    • Jumpin' Jack Swisher says:

      Gary Sanchez is still in sing…..never mind.

    • The Big City of Dreams says:

      A young core built around Cano,Pineda, Killer B’s, Nova, Sanchez,just to name a few, sounds pretty good to me.


      lol Good luck with that the Yankees will trade most of those guys away

  88. tabbert says:

    ^ Montero had no spot on this team for the present or the future that was not the DH Spot. I understand people love the guy and have followed him for a long time… but you cant build a franchise/ Dynasty around a prolific DH. We can always get bats, We now have a ton, and i mean a ton of cheap, young pitchers with all the upside in the world.

    • The Big City of Dreams says:

      We now have a ton, and i mean a ton of cheap, young pitchers with all the upside in the world.


      Too bad they are under the watchful eye of the Yankees.

  89. JobaWockeeZ says:


    CC, Kuroda, Nova, Burnett, Garcia. Boom. Pineda closes out the 8th by the ASB when we give up on development on him as a starter because he’ll struggle like every other young pitcher.

    I’ll enjoy that while Montero hits bombs. We at least got 6 hoemrs as a Yankee. Fare thee well Jesus. First prospect lvoe, first heartbreak. Friday the fucking 13th. Fuck, fuck fuck.

  90. CJ says:

    I think Prince is on the board now.
    Pena, Damon, Vlad
    what about a Phil Hughes-Chase Headley trade?
    Dom Brown-Betances plus
    Seth Smith-prospects

    Carlos Quentin traded on the cheap would’ve looked really good right now

  91. tabbert says:

    People have very short memories. Last year we got bounced in the playoffs because the lack of offense. This is true. However, remember the season before? we got eliminated because we didn’t have a pitching staff that could contain/ slow down the rangers. The playoffs are always a crapshoot. At the end of the day, you always go with great pitching first. Just look at what tampa has done with their horrid offense and a amazing pitching staff.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Great pitching is a myth. It’s whoever is hot. The Braves with the greatest rotation in mankind won one championship, the Phillies lost in the NLDS and the Rays lost immediately for two years now.

      The Giants got hot at the exact time to win it all. Pitching = championship is a flat out myth.

      No we traded someone who was about to net us Cliff Lee for another unproven but at a position where it’s completely unpredictable. I’m glad we got Kuroda but if we were close to signing him why the fuck did we give away Jesus?

      • JJ says:

        Because Jesus is more unproven that Pineda is. Pineda has one successful season under his belt, Montero has 70 plate appearances to his name. How many 22 year old pitchers have had successful seasons in MLB? How many times have said pitchers been acquirable? It’s much easier to replace a hitter who projected to be a DH (albeit a great one) than it is to replace a front line starter (who also projects to be a great one). This argument is compounded when you consider that our DH spot will be needed for Tex & Arod.

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          Top pitxhing prospects always have one good season. If you’re Prior, or Joba or Hughes, or liek frickin Strasburg you’ve flashed greatness. Very rare that you’ll see sustained greatness.

          Let’s see the top 15 pitching prospects in 2009.

          1 David Price
          2 Madison Bumgarner
          3 Brett Anderson
          4 Rick Porcello
          5 Derek Holland
          6 Neftali Feliz
          7 Jarrod Parker
          8 Trevor Cahill
          9. Brian Matusz
          10 Tommy Hanson
          11 Chris Tillman
          12 Tim Alderson
          13 Jordan Zimmermann
          14 Jhoulys Chacin
          15. Brett Cecil

          A vast majority of these guys have had injury concerns or just sucked. Top pitching prospects are the riskiest things in baseball. All have shown potential, people loved Brian Matusz and most of these guys will flame out.

          Pineda is just as unproven but plays a riskier long term position. And a power bat is going to be a huge needs in the next couple years. Jorge is out, ARod is going weaker by the year, Jeter can’t be relied to hit .300 and get on base .370 of the time, and Swish is likely out. We’ve got Teix who’s had two not elite years, Cano and Grandy. Wow.

          • JJ says:

            uh do you realize that more than half of those pitchers are having success in the majors?

            Price, bumgarner, anderson, holland, feliz, cahill, hanson, zimmerman. I mean that’s what, more than half the list? Prospects in general are risky. How’s Wily Mo Pena doing these days?

            There’s also a massive difference between ‘a prospect’, and a guy who has had a successful season in the majors like Pineda has.

            Your spot on about all of those guys getting older and deteriorating, which is exactly the reason why we need the DH spot open and available, and not permanently occupied. Imagine in 2 years if we had to play Jeter, Arod, and Tex every day at their positions in the field. THat spells disaster.

            • JobaWockeeZ says:

              Sorry, they’re having success yes but when we give up a top 5 prospect I expect top 5 results. While there’s no doubt Rick Porcello is a good pitcher since he even made it to the majors, he’s still not very good. If we developed him, it’s a great success. If we traded elite talent for someone to end up like Porcello than not a success.

              Outside of Price none of them are elite or can stay healthy to be elite. And elite is what you should get. We could have gotten Halladay or Lee.

              And I’m not convinced about 150 good innings for Pineda when we’ve had prospects have solid 150 innings for us to only flame out. The difference is little.

              • JJ says:

                So your not convinced about the 150 innings Pineda pitched, but you are convinced about the 70 plate appearances Montero has had ?? OK good, glad we cleared that up.

    • pat says:

      Best offense is a good defense, I think.

  92. Mister Delaware says:

    I’m not touting this as a big win (or even a win because I honestly have no read on Campos), but I would like to hear one person who is against this trade say that in a non-Yankee youngsters trade, they’d pick the 22 year old DH over the mid 90s tossing 24 year old SP.

    • pat says:

      23 year old SP!!!!

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      He’s not a DH. He’ll be a first baseman with shitty skills. His upside is Miguel Cabrera and the chance of a hitting prospect panning out are significantly higher.

      Let’s not start a Casey Kelly smear campaign here. Jesus can spot catch, play a bad 1B and be Manny-esque in the outfield. It’s been done and no one gives a crap when their bat is like that.

      And a mid 90s arm means what exactly? There are more Hughes and Jobas that flame out that elite hitting prospects.

      • Mister Delaware says:

        Where has he played 1B?

        (And again, I have no side here. I loved the idea of Jesus. But objectively … I think objectively I’d love this trade where non-objectively I’m still stuck.)

      • JJ says:

        He’s fielded a grand total of 0 innings at 1st in his professional career, including the Minors. Montero is a DH.

        Pineda is a just a mid 90s arm? Yeah i guess it’s convenient for you to leave out the fact that he’s had a successful season starting at age 22.

        Yes Montero’s bat could wind up being world class, but you can’t apply that logic to him and simply drop it when it comes to Pineda, whose pitching could equally be as world class.

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          Pineda is a just a mid 90s arm? Yeah i guess it’s convenient for you to leave out the fact that he’s had a successful season starting at age 22.

          EVERY TOP PITCHING PROSPECT HAS THIS. They have their dominant year, yes that’s real great. Pitching is by far one of the hardest things a human being can do with their body. Even top 5 prospects are lottery tickets. Montero is unproven but the potential of an elite bat has the odds on their side.

          And no if you’re giving up two prospects for Montero he isn’t going to only fucking DH.

          • Mister Delaware says:

            Just to be clear, you’re both discounting Pineda’s 2011 as “a pitching prospect having his dominant year” and guaranteeing Montero will play the field?

          • JJ says:

            ‘Every top pitching prospect has this’ ? Huh? How many pitchers have had successful Major League seasons at age 22? Don’t bother looking it up, I can already tell you it’s very few.

            So the reason Montero isn’t going to DH is because the Mariners org though it was worth it to give up 2 prospects for him? OK, your right, the fact that all of the evidence of his play suggests the exact opposite of this, and the fact that the large majority of major scouts have said he’ll be a DH, are definitely outweighed because the Mariners were willing to give up 2 prospects. Even if you wanna argue that he can suddenly learn how to play 1b, we already have one of those locked up for the next several years in Tex. We needed a pitcher much more than we need another 1b.


            • JobaWockeeZ says:

              Wait, so the argument is Montero can’t field so his value isn’t high to the team yet at the same time he’s worth a 22 year old pitcher with an average of a 95 MPH fastball (which is A] totally false and B] apparently how you judge pitching until someone says Freddy Garcia can’t succeed with weak stuff.)

              So since he’s a DH his value to the team is low but that same DH can net someone who you think is the next thing since sex. And if you’re trying to replace sex then you better try Montero at the field if he’s as good as you claim.

              • Mister Delaware says:

                A] Are you not counting 94.7 as 95?

              • JJ says:

                ‘who you think is the next thing since sex’ ? huh?

                The funny part was I thought your arguments were pretty incoherent before I read that bit which, for some reason, threw sex into this debate. All I’m saying is that it was a good trade. Most GMs who are sounding off are agreeing with me on this one. I’m going to stop debating this with you because you pretty much drove off the cliff with this post lol

      • Esteban says:

        Oh just a mid 90s arm. That’s all. And all great hitting prospects pan out, of course.

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          The fail sense of superiority and the condescension mixed in with a complete reading fail makes this a very laughable post.

  93. 28 this year says:

    It still amazes me how well Cashman prevents leaks on these deals. There are literally no rumors that suggested this until it was about as close to a done deal as possible. On MLBTR, there’s always people pursuing someone, or some team is the favorite to get this guy but it seems when that is said about the Yankees, its because the Yankees have left the conference room and just put their name out there to raise prices. This deal came out of nowhere, I got home, turned on my laptop and my jaw just dropped.

    • CJ says:

      Montero had to have been enough to get Gio Gonzalez or Latos. He didn’t pull the trigger on them. Did he like Pineda more or was there a change since those discussions? Steinbrenners’ want Prince? This is the week of Hal and Boras meeting and the discussion of the budget and then boom all this.

      • 28 this year says:

        I dont know whether he would have been enough but I feel as though just Montero and Noesi just gets you in the door for Latos and Gonzalez just because while the high upside pieces are there, there isn’t enough quantity. On top of that, Campos is a huge wild card and he’s a top prospect in his own right, obviously not Montero level, but he has quite the potential. In a vacuum, this trade looks about even but based on this offseason, Cashman pulled quite the deal.

      • Need Pitching says:

        Montero probably isn’t a great fit for Latos, without the DH spot for SD to fall back on, and I would think they like Pineda more than Gio, but who knows?

  94. CJ says:

    I think we were under the impression that Cashman and the Yanks wouldn’t part with Montero with a pitcher less than Felix or Lincecum. But assuming Montero had to be included in a deal for a pitcher, would you prefer Pineda over Gio Gonzalez, Mat Latos, Matt Garza?

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Latos >>> Gonzalez > Pineda > Garza.

      • Mister Delaware says:

        Latos > Garza >> Pineda >> Gonzalez

        • CJ says:

          I don’t see how Latos is better than Pineda.

          • FIPster Doofus says:

            Giving up fewer flyballs makes Latos a better option, IMO, but he and Pineda are pretty similar. Young, great MLB results, fantastic K rates, solid command. You can’t really go wrong either way.

            • JJ says:

              I think Latos & Pineda are equal at this point. Choosing one over the other is pretty much just a personal preference. Latos has slightly better numbers, but he also pitched in the NL West. Pineda is also a bit younger. Like I said it’s really a toss up.

              Gonzalez & Garza are not even comparable to those two.

              • Mister Delaware says:

                Sorry, why is Garza not comparable? 8th best FIP last year not good?

                • Need Pitching says:

                  contract situation, for one. Pineda 5 years of control (at very low cost for the first 2) Garza only has 2 years left and at decent money. Also Garza’s season was likely about his ceiling, while Latos and especially Pineda still have big upside. For just this year, I might take Garza, but factor in the contract situation, Pineda is preferable, imo

          • Mister Delaware says:

            Present day repertoire. It would take a major flaw, such as uncontrollable walks like Gio has, for me to pick a two pitch guy over a three or more pitch guy. Not saying Pineda can’t be the best of all four if he develops a legit change, but he’s not there right now.

        • FIPster Doofus says:

          Latos > Pineda > Garza > Gonzalez

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          Gonzalez had the same FIPs and xFIPs as Dbnks and people had man crushes on him.

          • Need Pitching says:

            I believe that was on the assumption that it would take much less to acquire Danks than Gio, considering their respective contract situations.

        • 28 this year says:

          Latos > Pineda > Gonzalez > Garza.

          Honestly, Latos has the best combination of team control and ability to perform because I think he translates to the AL East without losing too much. Garza costs more and just doesn’t have enough control to justify Montero. And Pineda has more potential, better control, more team years, and better strikeout stuff than Gonzalez so I give the edge to PIneda.

      • JJ says:

        Gonzalez better than Pineda ?!?! wow dude. If there was any doubt about a bias, this just makes it blatantly clear.

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          You’re right a 3.12/3.64/3.73 e/f/x line is horrendous. Call me out on bias but that’s just straight up moronic if you think Pineda is more proven than Gonzalez.

          • Mister Delaware says:

            Its atleast worth noting his FIP / xFIP was 4.00 / 3.99 on the road last year.

            • JobaWockeeZ says:

              So league average pitching in a short amount of starts> Okay fine, he’s not perfect but people were raving about Danks who wasn’t all that better.

              And no you cannot say Pineda has proven to be a better starter than Gonzalez. Gonzalez is still carries a fuckton of risk and he’s had two solid years.

              • Mister Delaware says:

                I’m a huge Danks guy and I’ve never “raved” about him. I like him a lot because I trust his type more than I trust Gonzalez’s type. And you and I both know 2011 was Danks’ down year; to just look at that is ignoring past history.

                I never said Pineda has “proven” to be a better starter than Gonzalez. Although, I guess I think he has unless you want to punish him for not having pitched in 2009.

              • JJ says:

                So you are comparing Gonzalez’s age 25 season to Pineda’s rookie, age 22 season? LMAO.

                Gonzalez stats are a 22 year old Rookie:

                AGE: 22 ERA: 7.68 WHIP: 1.67 SO/BB 1.36 FIP 7.04 xFIP 7.04.

                His age 23 season wasn’t much better.

                The fact that your trying to say Pineda is worse than Gonzalez because as a 22 year old rookie his year was comparable to Gonzalez’s 4th year in the Majors at age 25 is absolutely comical. Drop it dude.

  95. tabbert says:

    CC, Pineda, Nova = Swagger to the max. That’s the real reason this trade was made.

  96. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    When does the next fan confidence poll go up?

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Confidence will go up since it helps the short term. I mean shit even Ted Nelson doesn’t like the move and if Ted Nelson doesn’t like the move you better believe something is out of the ordinary. I don’t recall him every not liking a move.

      • Foghorn Leghorn says:

        Ted Nelson hates kittens

      • The Big City of Dreams says:

        I’m sure there are other moves he didn’t like but you’re right if Ted is against it then something is wrong here.

      • Mister Delaware says:

        Ted Nelson doesn’t like humor either and that doesn’t mean humor is bad.

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          But according to that analogy Ted has had to have staunchly defended humor. With your history with him you probably don’t think so.

          See he usually agrees what with Cash has done since he has all the info and whatnot but even this time he’s not liking it. Not saying Ted is right but the situation isn’t black and white for that to happen.

          • Mister Delaware says:

            On some level, he has. He’s told me I’m not funny.

          • Plank says:

            I think his irrational prospect hugger side is having difficulty reconciling this move with his irrational front office can do no wrong side. He is having difficulty because in his mind, Noesi was a future 9 time all star and Montero was going to make Barry Bonds look like Barry Bonnell.

            In other words, his two irrational sides are conflicted and he’s ready to lash out at anyone and anything. Tread lightly. Or don’t. Whatever. I probably won’t.

            • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

              The best RAB threads are when Ted Nelson and Plank are fighting. It’s only about three posts in until I’m crying of laughter. It’s even better than Greg trying to explain his ‘Law of Momentum’ to Axisa.

      • bexarama says:

        So Ted Nelson is now the voice of authority? That’s kinda scary actually.

  97. pat says:


    Sign JD Drew to form the LHB half of a DH platoon 4-5 mil base with incentives. He wasn’t so hot last year, as he was banged up per the norm, however being a part time player could definitely help with that. Dude rocked a .281/.396/.536 split vs RHP in 2009 and a .277/.358/.517 line was righties in 2010 before being pretty abysmal all around in 2011. He’s still an adequate fielder in the corners. Who knows, he might jump at the chance to extend his career as a part time player with a chance to stick it to the Sox fans who never really accepted him.

    • Foghorn Leghorn says:

      put the bottle down and go to bed. you’ve clearly had too much to drink.

    • Reggie C. says:

      JD Drew strikes me as not caring enough to make any fan base eat crow, but i do agree that when Drew’s healthy and playing … he’s good. He’d probably flinch at a commitment longer than a year at this point, so perhaps Cashman should at least make a phone call.

      • Mister Delaware says:

        The list of “gamers” and “gritty players” JD Drew had a better career than would take up a fuckload of pages in old school reporters’ single spaced notebooks.

  98. Reggie C. says:

    For Ben K.’s favorite HORACE MANN alum …

    Hughes for Pedro Alvarez.


  99. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Anyone see this?


    it’s like September all over again there.

  100. Karl Krawfid says:

    Have Kuroda/Garcia teach Pineda the split Cashman.

  101. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Anyways this Kuroda signing was great and would have been a successful offseason just by itself. Pineda helps short term but fuck.

  102. Hornets686 says:

    We should trade some young pitchers to the Nats for Zimmerman and move A-Roid to DH!

  103. Plank says:

    Are there any pitchers who have had comparable seasons to Pineda last year who have turned out to be disappointments?

  104. Yeti says:

    Is Johnny Damon still available?? he can DH

  105. Evo says:

    I want to see Hughes in the rotation, he deserves one more chance. Ideally I would love to see AJ moved to the bullpen, with his stuff and only one or two innings of work at a time, he could be fantastic

    • Plank says:

      The only people who deserve rotation spots are the 5 best starters in the Yankees system. Is Hughes one of them? I doubt it.

  106. Plank says:







    • Plank says:

      A lot harder after that. I’m ignoring non-prospects who will no doubt get starts.




      Shane Green
      Nick Turley
      Wilton Rodriguez
      Evan DeLuca

      A huge portion of that could be way off base. It’s more of a jumping off point based on who pitched last year and is still in the system.

  107. SevenAces says:

    So with the addition of Kuroda+Pineda, brings the starting rotation to 7 deep… what to do with 2 extra? Is this a sign of more things to come?

  108. Bavarian Yankee says:

    OMG, what a day and I missed it all :D

    just saw that the Yanks traded for Pineda and also signed Kuroda. Rotation problems, where art thou?

    I’m sad that Montero was traded but that’s life.

  109. Sal says:

    I check MLBTR frequently and was pleased that the Yankees finally added a decent pitcher on a 1 yr. deal. As a read the article a came across this sentence.

    Between Kuroda and the newly-acquired Michael Pineda, a once-shaky Yankees pitching staff has been overhauled and improved in just one day.

    I was shocked. Michael Pineda???? WTF???? What a crazy night!!!!!
    We won’t have to stress out whether Montero can catch or not or eve clog up the DH when we have broken down veterans to fill that roll.

    • Mike HC says:

      I woke up and came to RAB. Saw the Kuroda article and was pleasantly pleased. Then read the similar line, “Pineda and Kuroda will join CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova in the rotation.” I thought, obviously, not the Pineda on the Mariners, it would be impossible, there had to be another Pineda I just can’t remember right now. So I then continued to scroll down, expecting to see a small type article on a minor “pineda” signing, when I see that Montero got traded. I almost had a heart attack.

  110. mustang says:

    AJ for Alfonso Soriano with the Cubs picking up the 18 million in 2014.

    • mustang says:

      “Alfonso Soriano reiterated that he is willing to waive his no-trade clause, but only if the Cubs deal him to a contender, reports ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine. Soriano is owed $54MM through 2014 and the Cubs are reportedly willing to pay most of that salary in a possible deal.”

    • mustang says:

      So they get Soriano for an extra 3 million over what they owe AJ.

      • Kosmo says:

        Soriano ? Soriano as the Yanks DH for 3 years ? Not likely. Soriano will walk 20 times a year and K bigtime. He´s in advancing years and in decline.

        • mustang says:

          Read please before commenting.

          “with the Cubs picking up the 18 million in 2014.”

          Right-handed bat with power and it will cost AJ (who they no longer need) and 3 million (which they probably will spend on a bat anyway).

    • Mike HC says:

      At this point, trading our bad contract pitcher, for another teams bad contract hitter makes sense. Soriano does seem to be a good option there, plus the added bonus that he was as former homegrown Yankee.

  111. celerinosanchez says:

    Free Eduardo Nunez! The A-bomber and El-Capitain are going to do a lot of DH’ing. This allows the best hitting prospect nobody seems to notice a chance to play more. Get Nunez more AB’s we will all be pleasantly surprised. Line drives and stolen bases… I like it!

  112. hey guys, as much as it sucks to lose jesus, he was a positionless bat which puts something of a cap on his upside.

    meanwhile pineda is a freakin’ beast out there on the hill who could dominate this division. nobody doubts that he has the ability.

    and to make you guys feel better, read this thread on over the monster, a sox blog:

    they, as red sox fans, all think we made a good deal.

  113. dlcb says:

    According to COTs, Hughes has 4.113 years of ML service time, so sending him down for the first couple of months of the season would give the Yankees an extra season, keeping Hughes under control through 2014. That makes a lot more sense than wasting him in the pen. I’m assuming that’s the plan ATM. Either that or a trade.

  114. mustang says:

    “The Yankees initially tried to acquire Felix Hernandez from the Mariners, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (via Twitter) and were willing to offer a package that included Montero, Betances, Banuelos and more.”

    I think the Mariners missed the boat and THANK GOD that this didn’t happen.

  115. Hall and Nokes says:

    lol there is even a Godfather ad under this article.

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