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Yankees strengthen rotation with call to arms

It has been reported on the official Yankees website, that the Bombers made a call to arms, with a trade for pitchers Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kurroda on Saturday. These moves had a price though as young-star Jesus Montero had to be moved to help bolster the Bombers rotation.

Montero was traded to the Seattle Mariners in a four-player trade, so that the Bombers could acquire Pineda…though the trades have not been made official yet. New York is also set to obtain Minor League pitcher Jose Campos as well, in exchange for the young slugger.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Bombers rotation for 2012 will consist of ace-lefty C.C. Sabathia followed by Kuroda, Pineda young-star Ivan Nova and either A.J. BurnettFreddy Garcia and Phil Hughes.

There have also been reports that longtime catcher Jorge Posada is set to announce his retirement in the next couple of weeks. The backstop spent 17-years in pinstripes, helping to lead the Bombers to four World Series rings as a member of the ‘Core Four.’

Posada is the only MLB catcher to ever hit .330 or better with 90 RBIs, 40 doubles, 20 homers in a single season. Jorge joins Yankees-great Yogi Berra as the duo of backstops to hit 30 homers in a season.

Written on January 15, 2012

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