It only happened on this date last year, but it was still a significant trade, nontheless. The Yankees wanted to get another young arm for their rotation, while the Mariners were hurting to get some more power in their lineup (which seems to be a yearly occurrence), so they hooked up to complete the following trade (excerpt from National Pastime):
The Yankees deal Jesus Montero, considered to be the top catching prospect in the major leagues, to the Mariners to obtain Michael Pineda, a promising 22-year-old starting pitcher. Having given up their prized backstop, the Bronx Bombers add to their rotation an All-star righhander, who posted a 9-10 record along with an ERA of 3.03, averaging nearly a strikeout per frame in 171 inning of work last season.
The 2012 Major League Baseball season has officially started, but it has started halfway around the world from the United States of America in Tokyo as the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics square off in Japan. Opening Day is one of the happiest days of the year to me because even though the day pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training is awesome, there is still about a month and a half to go before regular season games are under way. The two games that Seattle and Oakland are playing are happening a week before the first game in America on April 4th between the Cardinals and Marlins, but Opening Day signifies the start of another year, another chance for all 30 MLB teams to write their own story as they pursue a World Series.
Both the Athletics (74-88) and Mariners (67-95) are coming off a disappointing 2011 season, with neither team being in contention for most of the year, finishing the season 22 and 29 games behind the Texas Rangers, respectively. Looking ahead to this season, Oakland and Seattle would like to repeat what they did on the pitcher’s mound, but improve upon what they did on the offensive side. In 2011, the team ERA for the Athletics was 3.71 (10th in MLB) and the team WHIP was 1.31 (17th in MLB), both which are quite respectable. However, it will be very hard to repeat that type of performance this year after they traded away young pitching stars such as Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill, and Andrew Bailey. On the flip side, their offense was one of the worst ones in the league; their .244 team batting average (27th in MLB) and 645 runs scored (20th in MLB) show the real reason why they were 14 games under .500 in 2011. In order to give a spark to their offense, GM Billy Beane acquired players like Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes, Manny Ramirez, and Coco Crisp.