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Montero-Pineda trade being held up by visa, weather issues

Jan 20, 2012, 8:19 AM EDT

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The Yankees and Mariners agreed last Friday to a trade sending catcher Jesus Montero and right-hander Hector Noesi to Seattle for right-handers Michael Pineda and Jose Campos. But that deal has not been completely finalized, and might not be made officially official for another couple days.

According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, Montero is waiting for a visa issue to be resolved in his native Venezuela and hasn’t be able to travel to the United States to take his required physical with the Mariners. On top of that, an ice storm blew threw Seattle on Thursday, cancelling most flights.

Both teams will have to remain patient as Montero’s travel issues are cleared up and the airport conditions in the Great Northwest improve. We’d expect a resolution and official announcement by early next week.

  1. canowack - Jan 20, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    He’s doing all he can to avoid leaving the Yankees for the Mariners…who blames him

  2. phukyouk - Jan 20, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    “Montero-Pineda trade being held up by visa, weather issues”

    if those are their real names….

  3. yankeesgameday - Jan 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    If somehow this gets mucked up thee yanks need to take it as a sign and never frakking trade him again.

    • marinersnate - Jan 20, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      Who cares? I think I would rather have Pineda back than an over-hyped DH anyway.

  4. whittle79 - Jan 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    These kids all change there name to get the big cheque !!
    That really sucks ! Look at that kid from the Indians. Suppose to be 28 yr old but he 31. What’s king Albert 35 yr old.

    • paperlions - Jan 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      First, no, they all don’t….some do.

      Second, Pujols wasn’t signed out of the DR, his family emigrated when he was a kid and he has since gone through the procedure (including thorough background checks) to become a US citizen. There is a big difference between kids trying to get signed as prospects out of Latin America, and a complete non-prospect that emigrated to the US, which is what Pujols was.

      • trevorb06 - Jan 20, 2012 at 10:10 AM

        But don’t you see?! That’s all part of the DR conspiracy! They genetically engineered AP at birth and kept him in the lab until this ‘family’ (who are really agents of the latin baseball program) came to the US to secure his citizenship so there would be no question about his legitimacy and nobody would know he was actually 15 years old than he stated. Meanwhile we here need to put our armadillo caps on our heads to keep the aliens from stealin’ our brainwaves brah!

  5. whittle79 - Jan 20, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Maybe not Albert !
    Wait we all know he is not 31 serious !! All jokes a side !!

  6. phukyouk - Jan 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM,27101/

  7. maritime85 - Jan 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    A little weather shouldn’t stop Jesus

    • jwbiii - Jan 20, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      Are you implying that the Son of God wasn’t the best hockey player in Judea? Sacrilige!

  8. henryd3rd - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    The Baseball Gods don’t approve of this trade. Montero if I were you I’d never get on that plane! Seattle + protection in that batting order will make for a lousy year

  9. farvite - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Nix it Jack!!!!

    For the love of all that is good and decent!!!

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