Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Art Imitating Life?

The most traded players in The Sporting News fantasy baseball right now are two guys who were actually traded for each other this offseason. 

The Mariners dealt Michael Pineda for Jesus Montero this winter in a classic swap of young pitching for young hitting.  Fantasy baseballers are getting antsy with the kids and moving them from their fake teams as well.  Although presumably not for each other.

As long as we're on the topic, Larry Stone, via the Seattle Times, published an interested read on the trade as spring training was coming to a close.  Here it is in case you missed it. 
Stone wrote: "It might be four or five years before Campos is ready to crack a major-league rotation. By that time, we should have a good idea if Montero is the right-handed power threat the Mariners so desperately need, if Noesi developed into a quality starter, and if Pineda lived up to the vast promise of his rookie season.

In other words, by 2016, we should start to get a feel for who won the Pineda/Montero trade."
He's probably right.  But it definitely feels good to have Montero in the Mariner lineup rather than an injured Pineda on the DL.