Yankees Trade Jesus Montero to Mariners For Michael Pineda

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jesus Montero #63 of the New York Yankees celebrates his fifth inning home run against the Baltimore Orioles on September 5, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The home run was the first in the major leagues for Montero. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Update 7:57 PM ET: Greg Johns of MLB.com says the Mariners will be sending Pineda and Jose Campos to Yankees for Jesus Montero and right-handed pitcher Hector Noesi.

The New York Yankees have traded catcher/designated hitter Jesus Montero to the Seattle Mariners for right-handed starting pitcher Michael Pineda, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

The Yankees attempted to get Felix Hernandez, but the Mariners wouldn't budge even though the Yankees were offering the farm, according to Heyman, who says New York offered their three top prospects for King Felix.

Montero, 22, is the Yankees top prospect in their organization and is expected to be a fantastic hitter at the majors. After getting off to a slow start in the minors, the 22-year-old flashed signs of the future, hitting .328/.406/.590 in just 69 plate appearances last season with the team. While no one questions Montero's bat, many believe he's a future first baseman or designated hitter. And since the Yankees already have Mark Teixeira at first, the club was willing to deal him for a potential ace - and, they did just that

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