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Posted by: Jack Curry on Jan 14, 2012 at 01:27:59 PM

As the Yankees inched through a sluggish offseason, general manager Brian Cashman admitted that he wanted to strengthen the starting rotation. Cashman stressed that he wasn’t hopeful about his chances, balking at the high prices for free agents and at the lofty requests during trade talks. But, on a frenetic Friday, Cashman revamped the rotation in a splashy way.

Cashman’s patience was rewarded when he acquired Michael Pineda from the Seattle Mariners for Jesus Montero in a bold, four-player trade. The Yankees also secured Jose Campos, a Class A pitcher, and moved Hector Noesi in the deal. While the Yankees valued Montero’s offense, they picked the elite, young pitcher over the elite, young hitter. That is usually a sound strategy.

Would the Yankees have rather included

Posted by: Jack Curry on Sep 6, 2011 at 01:08:54 PM

Before Jesus Montero had taken one swing with the Yankees, general manager Brian Cashman had already discussed a scenario in which Montero could snatch the designated hitter’s job in the postseason. The Yankees didn’t promote Montero on Sept. 1 because they simply wanted to give him a look. They did it because they realized Montero could be their best option at DH in October and beyond.

After Montero hammered two homers in an 11-10 win over the Orioles on Monday, it became more evident that the potential plan to give Montero at-bats in the postseason was progressing nicely. While manager Joe Girardi said he didn’t want to get “too giddy” after one game, the Yankees are giddy about Montero and what he could provide.

“He’s a hitter,” Cashman

Posted by: Jack Curry on Feb 23, 2011 at 05:56:36 PM

TAMPA -- Jesus Montero has never played in a Major League game, something that doesn’t faze him because he knows it will soon change. If Montero makes the Yankees as the backup catcher to start the season, it will change. If Montero joins the Yankees later in the season, it will change, too. Montero’s ascension will soon be a reality.

As Manager Joe Girardi discussed Montero’s future on Wednesday, he offered indications that Montero will be Russell Martin’s backup. Girardi wants to study Montero’s catching abilities across full Spring Training games to see if Montero maintains defensive consistency, but he sounded enthused, not reluctant, about having Montero in the big leagues.

“Look at what they did with Buster Posey,” said Girardi, referring