According to Ken Rosenthal’s Twitter feed (which I would link to but don’t have access to here at work), the M’s got 1B/DH Justin Smoak and three minor league prospects. The prospects are RHP Blake Beavan (AAA), RHP Josh Lueke (AA) and 2B/OF Matthew Lawson (AA).
I can’t independently verify this but I can tell you that this package is no slouchy tease. The Yanks didn’t get played here at all. They put their best chip on the table and Texas anted up with the #1 positional prospect in their system.
In my opinion, NBC Sports’s spin completely misses the point. Seattle got the MLB-ready bat they needed in order to get this deal done and, no matter how highly everyone may think of Montero, Justin Smoak is already in the big leagues. The secondary pieces were all window-dressing, both the ones the Yanks were offering and the ones Texas gave up. Let’s not lose sight of that.
Update 6:30 p.m.: According to ESPN.com’s story, Justin Smoak was the final piece to the trade puzzle between Seattle and Texas.
A source told ESPN.com that Seattle and Texas were very close to a deal for Lee on Wednesday. But the Mariners were pushing for Smoak, the Rangers balked and the deal stalled.
So on Thursday, the Mariners turned their attention to the Yankees and began closing in on that deal. But when those talks blew up, the Rangers — who by then were aware of all the reports about that Seattle-New York deal — got back into the picture and agreed to trade Smoak. So the pieces came together very quickly at that point because the two teams almost had a deal done 48 hours earlier.
I added the emphasis to highlight the fact that Texas relented on their initial objection to dealing Smoak for Lee. That alone should give Yankees fans comfort that, although they didn’t get their man, Cashman’s willingness to include Jesus Montero forced Texas to pay a higher price than they were initially willing to pay. That’s a good thing.
Update 8:44 a.m.: Baseball America’s website has the following write-up of the trade. At present, they’ve only profiled Smoak and Lueke but I assume that if you check back on that link, it’ll be updated as they complete their player reports. If I were actually at home instead of at my girl’s house, I’d add in comments from BA’s top-30 profile scouting reports. I’m certain Beavan was among Texas’s top-30 going into this year.