After the Yankees spent much of last season trying to pry perennial Cy Young contender Felix Hernandez from the Mariners with a package headed by catching uber-prospect Jesus Montero, the M's finally convinced the Bronx Bombers to change the asking price and the two teams have completed a different deal, sending Montero to the AL West in exchange for a different young ace with Cy Young potential, 22-year-old Michael Pineda.
The timing on dealing baseball's (probably) best catching prospect is odd, given the extremely recent retirement of long-tim Yankee catcher Jorge Posada. But what say you all, Bauxites? Who wins this one-for-one "challenge" trade? In 2012? Long-term?
Update: Sunday morning, the revamped NYY rotation took a minor hit as veteran Bartolo Colon reportedly inked a deal with Oakland.