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Jesus Montero-for-Michael Pineda swap is finally official

Jan 23, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Montero passed his physical, so it’s now a done deal.

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The multi-player deal between the Yankees and Mariners headlined by Jesus Montero and Michael Pineda is moving closer to completion.

Montero was delayed from taking a physical due to weather, plane and visa problems in his native Venezuela, but Larry Stone of the Seattle Times reports that the 22-year-old arrived in the United States yesterday and was en route to Seattle.

The Pacific Northwest was rocked by a pretty nasty winter storm this week, so there’s no guarantee Montero’s travel plans went off without a hitch. However, assuming no problems with his flight and scheduled physical, an official announcement could happen within the next day or two.

The deal between the Yankees and Mariners, which was agreed upon last Friday, will send Montero and right-hander Hector Noesi to Seattle for Pineda and prospect right-hander Jose Campos.

  1. randygnyc - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    The Mariners should throw in King Felix just because us Yankee fans are being forced to wait for this thing to be made official. I don’t care who/what is to blame.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      Forget it, however you can have as a throw in, a Dominican prospect who lied about his age and real name.

    • bigharold - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      Forget King Felix, I think they Yankees should be able to keep Pineda AND get Montero back.

      You can’t go jerking the Yankees around without there being “consequences and repercussions”.

      • jwbiii - Jan 21, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        It’s the Yankees player who is having the visa issues. They should be the ones begging for forgiveness. I’m thinking a certain A ball catcher would be acceptable to the Mariners.

      • bigharold - Jan 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        Don’t clog up the discourse with logic please.

  2. nogoodell - Jan 21, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Turns out his real name is Fausto Carmona

  3. farvite - Jan 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    For the love of all that is good and decent, NIX this deal Jack Z!!

  4. jwbiii - Jan 21, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Jesus Montero had his physical today. I was really hoping his name was Tony Montana, but no.

    • bobwsc - Jan 23, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      he’s got big shoes to fill with that name, and I’m thinking of the Dude’s nemesis in the Big Lebowski: “you said it mon…no one fvcks with the jesus…”

  5. drakej541 - Jan 22, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    C’mon!!!! The M’s are stacked with pitching depth!!! And if Montero can overcome the mental aspect of being traded from a team like “The Yankee’s” to the Mariners, and have the same productivity, he should be a good start to adding some offence. NOW JUST SIGN FIELDER!!!!!!!

  6. uyf1950 - Jan 23, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    FINALLY. BTW, players from DR fake their identities. Players from Venezuela get kidnapped.

    • cur68 - Jan 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      Hey! No kidnapping Jesus! In fact, allow me to say this right here (and you can be assured I shall it say all season long):

      Leave Jesus Alone.

      This means you, Tebow.

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

        Leave Felipe and Matty alone also!

      • crisisjunky - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:49 PM

        The Big Tebowski don’t roll on Shabbas.

      • cur68 - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:05 AM

        F’kin’ Amateurs roll on Shabbas…

  7. bozosforall - Jan 23, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Cool. The Yankees pitching staff just got better.

    Meanwhile, the Red Sox are chasing after an old NL guy with back issues.

    The sucking sound that you hear is the Red Sox organization spiraling down the drain.

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