Lookout Landing's Jeff Sullivan -- you might recognize that name from elsewhere -- has weighed in on Friday's big trade from the perspective of someone who has watched every single Seattle Mariners game since 1977*, and like almost everybody on either side of the deal or on no side at all, he's at least okay with it:
If I had to rate this trade on a scale from 1 to 10, where 10 is fresh homemade lasagna and 1 is lasagna that's been sitting in a Tupperware container in the fridge for four months and you can't tell if that's mold or cotton, I'd probably give it a...5? I was originally going to say a 4 or a 5, but I've learned more about Noesi over the past several minutes. I like him more than I used to.
Yeah, I think that's about right. The fourth player in the deal, minor-league pitcher Jose Campos, has been impressive ... but he pitched in the short-season Northwest League last summer, at the tender age of 18. His tender age makes his performance -- 2.32 ERA, brilliant strikeout-to-walk ratio -- all the more impressive, but his tender age also means that he's at least two or three years from pitching in the majors, and a lot of terrible things might happen in those two or three years.
If you were to score the players on a scale of 1 to 10 -- sorry, no culinary analogs this time -- I think you would give Pineda a 9, Campos a 4, Montero an 8 and Noesi a 6.
So the Mariners win!
Or not. Your numbers might differ. This just looks like a pretty even trade, fresh out of the oven.