Wow, I go to prepare a little stir fry for when my wife gets home and POW!, things happen.
This is a risky move. Pineda has demonstrated TOR talent for an entire season. Montero got all of 69 plate appearances last year. Jack must be awfully certain that he will be a highly productive fixture in the lineup for years. Of course, Montero doesn't carry the injury risk that Pineda does, being a pitcher.
Jack must also think that fears about Montero's lack of catching skills will make him decidedly subpar so that his sticking at the position would be questionable. Otherwise this makes no sense.
He also must think Safeco will not be a killer for Montero.
If he's right about all three, I like the move. If he's wrong about any of them, it could be a loser.
In addition, this could be a prelude to a Fielder signing, an act to convince Fielder he won't be stuck alone in the middle of the lineup, or it could be a signal that Jack decided Boras was being to coy and just moved on to something he had more control over, (edited to add third option) or it could be Jack is also sending Boras a message to get serious or he's prepared to move on if necessary.
I guess we'll find out soon enough.
Spring training just got a little more exciting, though. You can bet we'll be watchin Iwakuma, Paxson and Hultzen real closely to see if one of them can fill the Pineda void. It turns out those who speculated that signing of several veteran pitchers was in preparation for the trade of a young pitcher for some offense.
I'll tell you one thing though, I'm really glad Jack didn't bring in a 30-something vet.
This post has been edited by DaddyO: 13 January 2012 - 06:47 PM