Now, much has been made about Montero’s defense and the reports are all over the place. Some state his defense is terrible, other’s say that it’s improving. BaseballAmerica is about to put their 2011 prospect rankings out and Montero’s upside is in line with Mike Piazza. Sign me up, please. So long as his defense is no worse than Posada’s declining receiving skills, that’s fine by me. I admire and respect Posada as much as Jeter and Mo, but the rigors of the position have clearly taken its toll.
Brien recently took a look at Montero’s value as a trade chip and Mark dug into Zack Greinke a bit too. Heck, Brien was asking for Montero earlier this season! We know the issues surrounding Greinke (noted anxiety problem, inclusion of Yanks and RedSox on his No Trade list), so that’s probably out. So aside from a guy like King Felix (ain’t gonna happen despite all of my bedside prayers), the Yanks don’t think there’s a guy out there to trade Montero for, right now:
Many industry experts believe that the Yankees have tried to inflate Montero’s value in order to use him in a trade for a starting pitcher if they’re unable to sign Lee, but as the source noted, “There really aren’t any pitchers of that caliber out there to trade for.”
There very well might be a group of pitchers worth trading for, but it takes two to tango… Unless you’re going to tell me that upper-echelon guys Adam Wainwright, Justin Verlander, Dan Haren, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum are available, I’m OK with seeing what this kid can do. …