One of the biggest stories of this offseason had been what the
But so much for that. After standing silently for the past 10 weeks, the Yankees struck with the biggest shock-and-awe move of the offseason.
In a matter of hours Friday night, the Yankees made two high-impact moves to restructure their pitching staff, first obtaining 22-year-old right-hander
The move gives the Yankees two front-line starters behind ace
It also ends the Yankees’ chase for free-agent right hander
Montero was slated to be the Yankees’ starting designated hitter – his defense at catcher has been a concern and
But the savviest part of the Yankees' deal is obtaining a 22-year-old front-line starter who doesn't become arbitration eligible until 2014. Just a few days ago, the work was the Yankees were balking on giving Edwin Jackson $15-17 million a year over five years.
They quickly made that problem go away. Pineda will make less an a million this season. It's always better to get high-end arms by trade instead of paying a premium – and often overpaying – in the free-agent market. That's big for the Yankees' payroll
Look for some trickle-down reaction moves in the division. The