• Yanks Allowing Montero’s Market Value To Expire?

    Posted by on March 18th, 2011 · Comments (10)

    Interesting stuff via Joel Sherman -

    There was a time in 2007, and even for a good deal of 2008, when the Yankees pretty much could have acquired just about anyone for Joba Chamberlain.

    Personnel men were that gaga about his stuff, his mix of pitches and his ability to retain command and velocity deep into games. He projected as a young ace, the most attractive commodity in the game.

    But slowly, as he ricocheted between the rotation and bullpen; health and injury; and success and mediocrity, Chamberlain’s value plummeted. Some teams remain intrigued about obtaining him to see if they can reclaim a quality starter, but only if they can buy low. The moment to maximize Chamberlain, however, has vanished.

    Are the Yanks on the same loss-of-value path with Jesus Montero? Because the more scouts have seen him this spring, the more dubious they have sounded about his defense.

    And while the belief is he will hit for impact as a major-leaguer, his attractiveness in the trade market dims if teams view him only as a first baseman/DH — as some have always. One reason, for example, Seattle chose to trade Cliff Lee to the Rangers rather than the Yankees last July was doubts about if Montero could stay a catcher.

    I asked four scouts independently about Montero’s defense the past few days, and none was enthused about his chances to stay a catcher long term.

    One scout went this far: “No matter how many different ways you ask, I don’t see a catcher. Just because you have shin guards and a mask, that doesn’t make you a catcher.”

    Did you know, before the 2000 season, Nick Johnson was considered the #5 prospect in all of baseball? The Yankees traded him after the 2003 season. Would they have gotten more from him in 2000? Dunno. The fact that Johnson did so well in 2003 kept his stock up – if not made it better. Perhaps the same will happen with Montero? We’ll know the answer in the near future.

    Comments on Yanks Allowing Montero’s Market Value To Expire?

    1. Evan3457
      March 18th, 2011 | 9:23 pm

      By keeping him in order to play him…at catcher?

    2. 77yankees
      March 18th, 2011 | 10:20 pm

      Didn’t Johnson miss all of 2000 with a wrist injury in the minors? If so, then I couldn’t imagine he would have had much trade value at that point.

      As for Montero – let’s at least give him a legit chance.

    3. Raf
      March 19th, 2011 | 8:35 am

      77yankees wrote:

      Didn’t Johnson miss all of 2000 with a wrist injury in the minors?

      Yes he did, that was the year after he had that ridiculous season @ AA that put him on the prospect map.

      Joel Sherman wrote:

      One reason, for example, Seattle chose to trade Cliff Lee to the Rangers rather than the Yankees last July was doubts about if Montero could stay a catcher.

      If that were the case, they could’ve converted Montero to 1B. It’s not like it hasn’t been done before. It’s not like the M’s were going anywhere. At any rate, due to the Lueke situation and Smoak’s struggles, the trade lost a little of its luster.

    4. MJ Recanati
      March 19th, 2011 | 9:02 am

      Raf wrote:

      If that were the case, they could’ve converted Montero to 1B.

      Not to mention that since they ended up trading for a 1B anyway in Justin Smoak, the M’s could’ve had the 1B with the much higher hit and power tools.

    5. MJ Recanati
      March 19th, 2011 | 9:04 am

      This article is BS, by the way. A player doesn’t lose value until he comes up to the big leagues and fails. Considering Montero hasn’t even reached the majors yet, this article is prematurely worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet.

      If Montero doesn’t stick at catcher — and count me among those that truly believes he has no shot to be an everyday catcher — it really won’t matter because his talents as a hitter will allow him to play DH and still provide plenty of value to a team, be it the Yanks or someone else.

    6. KPOcala
      March 19th, 2011 | 11:20 am

      A bit early for this kind of shrill speculation, no?

    7. YankCrank
      March 19th, 2011 | 11:31 am

      More proof that the Yankees are damned if they do, damned if they don’t. They trade an Austin Jackson and the Yankees are the big market team who trades all their prospects and abuses their farm system. They try and develop a stud in Montero and they’re missing out on chances to trade him.

      Blah blah, we need real baseball games to begin so we can move on to some other crap.

    8. Corey Italiano
      March 19th, 2011 | 3:35 pm

      @ YankCrank:
      Agreed 100% with everything you said.

    9. munson78
      March 20th, 2011 | 2:22 pm

      New to blogging but wanted to make a comment. I have been reading this site for almost 3 years and I enjoy much of what is written but it seems like the last year or so the negativity has reached an all time high. Please remember what brought you to the yankees and enjoy what you have. No team is perfect and you really don’t want them to be. Lets just enjoy the ride!

    10. 77yankees
      March 20th, 2011 | 6:33 pm

      munson78 wrote:

      I have been reading this site for almost 3 years and I enjoy much of what is written but it seems like the last year or so the negativity has reached an all time high. Please remember what brought you to the yankees and enjoy what you have. No team is perfect and you really don’t want them to be. Lets just enjoy the ride!

      Well said and welcome aboard.

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