Answer does not change. We need that spot to keep our 30 something players healthy. The days of full time DH in the al is fading.
That's the reason he was dealt. Let's face it if the Yankees really believed that Montero was going to be their everyday catcher does anybody think they'd trade him away? I doubt it. Despite all their talk that they thought he could be an everyday catcher, everybody else thought he couldn't. Even Seattle's GM said at the time of the trade that if he doesn't turn out to be their future catcher then the trade was not a good one for them. I personally love Montero's bat and think he'll do really well. I was surprised when he was dealt. But anytime you deal for a pitcher there's always a health risk involved. It's not looking good right now for the Yankees part of this deal, but they also got the kid Campos in the trade and he could end up being the real gem in years to come. In the meantime, it looks like a bad deal for the Yankees, but its very early. It'll be a few years before this deal can really be judged.
"Selig ran a speakeasy, now he wants to take all the alcohol out of the town." Mike Francesa
Shame on yanks for letting go of a full time DHwhen our roster is loaded with 30 something players who need he DH spot. Everyone is a Monday morning quarterback.
This is a strawman. Montero could have taken all the DH at bats that will be given to Jones and Ibanez this season; Montero is a better hitter than Jones and Ibanez combined (and cheaper).
Also, it is not monday morning quarterbacking if people said it at the time of the trade. But as people were complaining about it, the response was that you have to wait and see how it plays out. Well, it's playing out about as horribly as possible. Anyone who criticised the trade before has every right to criticise the trade now; that is not monday morning quarterbacking.
Only trade big time prospects for big time proven talents. That means Cliff Lee, Felix Hernandez, David Price. It doesn't mean Pineda, unless you know something that rest of us don't, and it is obvious that the Yankees had no inside knowledge.