Pineda and Montero were already going to be starters regardless of the trade. I say "real winners", because these guys will have their roles expanded because of the trade. Hector Noesi will now slot in as a starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, while Eduardo Nunez could see a couple of starts a week while the older regime on the Yankees spend some time as the DH. Let's take a look at both of these guys after the jump.
Hector Noesi - Mariners SP
Noesi, who shouldn't be viewed as a throw-in, can be a nice surprise at the end of Seattle's rotation. Not as highly regarded as some of the Yankees other pitching prospects, he pitched rather well for the Yanks in relief. Other than 3 or 4 appearances (out of 30) he was pretty solid. He had 64 starts in the minors (out of 84 appearances) and totaled a WHIP of 1.10. He also had a 8.7 K/9 in the minors (7.2 last year in the majors). He will get some help pitching at Safeco, and might be able to garner 8-10 wins, with a sub-4.00 ERA.
Eduardo Nunez - Yankees ss/3b
Nunez, as a 24-year old rookie, started 85 games last year as the Yankees utility infielder (he did play a couple of games in the outfield as well). He could get a couple of starts a week while Joe Girardi gives some DH time to Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. He has very good speed having totaled 22 stolen bases in 28 attempts. He has a decent bat and can possibly hit .275 with double-digit home runs with some decent playing time. The Yankees do like his abilities, and have been reluctant to trade him as they see him as possible replacement for Jeter in a couple of years. There is a possibility that the Yankees add another bat, but it might be just a part-time player who will only hit against lefties.