Bleeding Yankee Blue: Lincecum for Montero?

Our friends over at Bleeding Yankee Blue have a good article and I wanted to pass it along. Please give it a read:

Let’s face it, the San Francisco Giants can sit there and respond to media reports that Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain (Read HERE) are untouchable and insist they not leaving the San Francisco Giants all they want, but the reality is, the Giants would love to have someone like Jesus Montero and the Yankees need a real stud to get the rotation in order following CC Sabathia. I mean, why wouldn’t Tim Lincecum be available? Bottom line, everyone is touchable these days….everyone.

Jesus Montero wasn’t just showing the Yankees and the fans what type of hitter he was in September, he was auditioning, whether he knew it or not is another story. Every team needs hitting and every team needs pitching and right now, in a full hitting Yankee roster, it would make sense for the Yankees to unload a young hitter for a Freak like Tim Lincecum, especially if they can. Yes, Brian Cashman has always stated that the Yankee kids are untouchable, but we all know that when it comes down to it, you really have to wonder just how strong that statement is…right? Cashman’s a liar and I love that about him. He doesn’t lie to be disrespectful to the fans, he does it to get the other teams’ GM’s off his trail. It’s brilliant actually. If Brian Cashman were to call up Brian Sabean right now and try to make a deal, a deal would be made, especially if the 2 saw a fit. Money may also have to be exchanged, other players may also need to be offered up, probably from the Yankees side, but ultimately, you cannot sit there and tell me that a deal WON’T get done. I’m telling you a deal CAN get done and I have a sneaking suspicion that a deal will get done. Now, I’m going to get comments suggesting I’m wrong, and that’s fine. 90% of these rumors are speculation and a source that usually doesn’t know butkus. I’m telling you, sometimes rumors stem from truth and while this one is out there lingering, I believe it could start to simmer on the hot stove.

Yes Yankee Fans, you can sit here and scream that dumping Montero would be the biggest mistake in our lives but let’s face facts… Can Jesus Montero pitch? Because with all the hitting we already have, you know and I know we could sacrifice him for a top pitcher. Bottom line, we don’t play for the future, we play for now, and if a Freak like Lincecum falls in your lap, or at least dangled in front of you, you try and take him and you give whatever you can, within reason, to get him.

Yes, it’s hard to part with such a talent like Jesus Montero, hell, I love watching him hit, and I have always said I’d hate to give Montero up, but Lord knows Montero’s biggest downside is he can’t catch and if the Giants can better utilize him and a handful of other youngsters for a star like Lincecum, there is nothing wrong with rolling the dice on that. In the end, both the Yankees and Giants win. Hell, this the off season; I’ve heard crazier trade proposals and I’ve heard crazier free agent signings in all my years of reading about baseball… remember last year? Remember Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford’s deals? Those deals were nuts, they make this idea of a Lincecum for Montero trade perfectly normal and acceptable.

This trade may be the greatest trade of the decade, especially if both Lincecum and Montero could perform in opposite leagues. Lincecum may just be what the Yankees need right now and it may give a kid like Jesus Montero a new beginning to be one of the biggest hitters of his generation. That’s my opinion at least, what’s yours?


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Posted on November 16, 2011, in Signing & Trade Speculation and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. But would Lincecum be able to take the needed trim in order to transition to Pinstripes? I’m not so sure…
    All joking aside though, very interesting thoughts. I think in the long run Montero will be an excellent asset…for all our “hitting prowess” the ALDS this year proved we need more clutch hitting. In my opinion it would be sacrificing Montero, a possible long term contributor, for a “quick fix” to our rotation issues. In the playoffs when it mattered most, the issue was not our pitching, but rather an inability to hit in the clutch.

  2. As a Yankee fan, I love laughing at Yankee fans this time of the year? Explain why the Giants make this trade. They have two top prospects in Buster Posey and Brandon Belt at C and 1B, where does Montero play? Ah, the offseason for Yankee fans…….

    • Have to agree with you Pete. I’m surorised we haven’t seen many Felix hernandez to the Yankees lately. I guess we’ll start seeing verlander to the yanks soon too. LOL.

      BUt kidding aside, Lincecum would obviously be great for the Yanks but the article doesn’t give any creedence to San Francisco’s wants or needs. As you mentioned, Montero is blocked at C & 1B on the Giants. And if they were to trade Lincecum, there would be plenty of interested teams offering a lot. Montero would not be enough for Lincecum anyway….remember that Montero, Nova & David Adams wasn’t enough for 3 months of Cliff Lee.

      The author is on the right track in one regard – I think Cashman has something up his sleeve on the pitching front. he’s acting like he’s not that interested but I’d be willing to be he either trades or signs one significant pitcher this Winter. No way he gambles on the minor lg deal guys again like last winter. You can’t expect to get another 300+ IP of 3,80 ERA ball like he got from Garcia & Colon.

  3. again just wanted to post the article to see the responses. I as well don’t see this as a move that fits. For reasons stated above.

    I have been a big Montero believer for awhile now.

  4. Dream ladies and gentlemen, that’s what we want… a dialog.

  5. I don’t know about you guys but, when I see a power hitter (in Yankee land) have a natural –Jeter type swing–to right field, I say; “Hitting Star, in the making”! With a big caveat, “Can he adjust to the pitching after they adjust to him?” If he can and does, he could be as good as A-Rod was in his younger days.
    For me, I would go with Montero over a pitcher of Lincecum greatness as good as he is. I’ll take a 15 year everyday player of (maybe) A-Rod ability over a 6-7 year pitcher anyday.
    You have to know that we would have to give up a couple of our top line pitchers with him anyhow, right—not a good deal.
    Sure would like him on this team with CC, wow!

    • not sure if Montero can be put in the same breathe as A-Rod yet. That’s a lot to live up to. I’m a huge Montero fan though and think the sky is the limit for him.

      Lincecum C.C. 1 to punch would be amazing though.

      for me i’d like to see Montero in pinstripes for awhile though.

      I really hope Cashman can make a move for Danks.

      • I’m sorry if anyone thought I meant Montero is there (with A-Rod) yet. As you said, the sky is the limit, with a big “Maybe”.
        Tim and CC, as I said—WOW! But way to high a price to pay for him.

    • YankeeJim….nice points, can I add a couple of mine? Thanks. Lincecum, is a King”s ransom. I think Danks or Oswalt call fill the #2., and not rob our children’s future. Finally, in the world of” yes we can”, the young version of David Ortiz, who has wrecked the Yankees for years, is at our doorstep……….Prince Fielder. Think about it. I KNOW it is a stretch, but can’t a GM be creative. Sometimes deals are made, to fit in a masher. Montero stays, and catches, Fielder is DH/1 st. base. Tex…who knows. Think about it. Mr. Steinbrenner would have.

      • Hello patrick……Fielder already said he doesnt’ want to be a DH and the Yankees are not going to give up on Tex yet. He did put up monster numbers this year his only downfall was his average.

        If Fielder could play outfield i would be all for it but it’s not going to happen.

        Sometimes it’s good to see the yankees grow from within instead of having a team full of all stars.

        Delia had a post about Fielder today. Give it a read if you havent’ yet.

      • Patrick – Fielder would be great on the yanks but the only way he fits is if Montero is traded – or if prince or Montero can play RF. But i don’t think the yanks would give out another 6+ year – $180M contract especially considering the lack of an open position.

  6. What’s with you people??? Tim is OUR pitcher – here in San Francisco for the S.F. Giants. Why do you delude yourselves into believing that Timmy would go to the Yankees. I’m originally from Southern New Jersey & have lived in San Francisco for almost 25 years now. Tim is from Washington (the State). Why would he leave the S.F. Giants when this area of the country is not only beautiful but the San Francisco fans are as well.

    My god, one year they don’t make the World Series and N.Y. is dreaming. Christ people, wake up and stop listening to those “Bleeding for LIncecum” !!!

    • Bob,
      What have you been smoking? S.F. is a place a lot of players run from, not to!
      Just pulling your leg, a little bit!
      Glad to hear from a SF fan, welcome to the site.
      I think most of the Yankee fans would like to have Tim along side of CC but, I think the price is too high in contract time and money, let alone the players we would have to give up to make a deal.
      Except for the last paragraph, you did well.

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