I believe it is as even a deal as you can get, but impossible to rate at this point. The Yankees got the best player in Pineda, but the Mariners got two MLB ready players in Montero and Noesi. The Yankees received a lot of potential, but no guarantees in Campos. We'll soon learn how well Montero can catch, and how well he blends in with the other young players, but I'm betting he blends very well. I'm not betting on his catching ability, but I'm expecting it will be mediocre enough that when it's combined with his ability to mash the ball we'll be very happy.
I agree that it's awesome to have all of Ackley, Smoak, and Montero on the team with others like Carp, Seager and Liddi as very nice additions. We also have a crop of young outfielders too numerous to mention, and we might also find a gem or two in that group. That is one awesome core of young position players.
I also know that no deal between the Yankees and Mariners isn't done until it's done. Would Cashman really use this potential trade as a way to get back at Zduriencik for bailing on the Cliff Lee deal last year? He could still pull the rug out from this one just for spite. After all, didn't the Yankees say they would never deal with the Mariners again just six months ago?
I doubt it, the Yankees desperately need Pineda in 2012, and love the idea they will have him for many years to come. Their bright, young pitching stars they thought they had for their rotation last season turned out to be quite mediocre, and Pineda turned out to be quite awesome in his first season. Sometimes reality sucks enough that pride is no longer a factor.
My newest 2013 AAP's:
Carson Smith, Generals bullpen pitcher
Carlos Peguero, Rainiers outfielder
Rich Poythress, Rainiers first baseman