Friend of the Blog John urged me to have patience that we’d be getting a starting pitcher, and tonight comes breaking news that he was right.
However, there’s good news and bad news regarding this news.
The good news is that we got Mariners superstar-in-waiting Michael Pineda.
He’s not Felix (the Mariners said no) but he’s a highly-touted young righty who filled in for Verlander at last year’s All Star game and is supposed to be a stud. He could solidify our rotation for years to come if he stays healthy.
(We also got a pitching prospect named Jose Campos.)
Now here’s the bad news. We gave up Montero and Noesi.
I figured the organization wasn’t high on Jesus since they’ve tried to include him in trades before. He’s not a great catcher and we’ve got better ones. Plus, the DH slot will be crowded with our veteran players. Still, he was a homegrown kid and I was rooting for him to make it big in the Bronx.
And I thought Noesi had real potential as a starter at some point, so I’m sad to see him go too.
But you can’t have everything as a fan, and overall I’m stoked about this deal.
P.S. No sooner did I post this entry than I heard we also signed Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year deal.
Obviously, Hal opened his wallet a little wider…..