The storied Michael Pineda-Jesus Montero trade actually involved a total of four players, with Hector Noesi joining the Mariners and Jose Campos going to the Yankees. Following the news, reported by Danny Knobler, that Campos underwent Tommy John surgery on Friday, we can officially rule the trade a dud.
In his second season at Single-A Charleston in 2013, Campos posted a 3.41 ERA with 77 strikeouts and 16 unintentional walks over 87 innings. Campos, now 21, dealt with elbow inflammation during spring training and the Yankees used him lightly as a result.
Unless the Yankees want to start his service time clock, they will have to live with Campos on the 40-man roster throughout the season, as Mike Axisa of River Ave Blues notes.
The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.
After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.
Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.
Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:
In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?