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08:13 AM ET 08.03 | New York may be on the verge of rolling out the Montero Era. If the Yankees and Pirates had completed a deal last month that involved Francisco Cervelli and Brad Lincoln, [Montero] might have been promoted to the big leagues before the trade deadline. Now, the Yankees are considering elevating their top position prospect from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to the big leagues before rosters expand from 25 on Sept. 1. Asked if the right-handed hitting catcher could be in the Bronx this month, general manager Brian Cashman said it was "possible." Of course, he also said it's "possible" pitchers Adam Warren and George Kontos could be elevated from Triple-A.

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August 3, 2011  08:24 AM ET

They weren't going to send this guy off on any of the trades that packaged him in them. They really believe in Montero. Spells the end for somebody real soon. Anybody wonder who it will be? lol.

August 3, 2011  08:29 AM ET

Hip Hip Hor hay !

August 3, 2011  08:34 AM ET

It will be interesting to see what his role is when he is called up. While he is the future I'm not sure he'll get a great deal of playing time in the middle of a pennant race when he doesn't know the staff that well. Could be valuable coming off the bench though.

August 3, 2011  08:39 AM ET

I see him as a bench player and getting some slots in at DH and *maybe* a few behind the plate. I agree he won't see much time there if any.

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August 3, 2011  08:44 AM ET

He better start doing something our all the fans will hate him and Cashman for protecting him for so long.

August 3, 2011  09:00 AM ET

Absolutely bring him up, insert him as DH and sit Posada down

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August 3, 2011  09:34 AM ET
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I think most ny fans already resent him as we could've had lee and he is projrcting out to be a dh long term.....Not sure about you, but I'd much rather have flipped him for a pitcher, Ny prints $ and we could easily just buy a dh

The Lee deal fell apart not because of Montero, but because Cashman wouldn't include Nova and Nunez as part of the package. Montero was the centerpiece of what the Yankees offered. They were ready to trade him away for Lee.

August 3, 2011  09:38 AM ET
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I think most ny fans already resent him as we could've had lee and he is projrcting out to be a dh long term.....Not sure about you, but I'd much rather have flipped him for a pitcher, Ny prints $ and we could easily just buy a dh

Ask Chicago how easy it is to buy a DH. Just getting a hitter who was a positional player and making him a DH doesn't usually work out that well.

Taking a player out of their routine can play mental games. Look at all the closers who fail as 8th inning pitchers.

August 3, 2011  09:43 AM ET
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The pressure is on Montero, because the Yanks have refused to let him go for some very good players. He better perform.

Who were some of these very good players that the Yankees refused to let him go for? The offered him for Lee. Seattle wanted more. The Yankees' biggest need is pitching. Outside of Lee, there haven't been any ace pitchers available in the trade market worth giving up top prospects for. I'm sure when and if Seattle dangles King Felix, the Yankees will gladly give them Montero and whoever else they want.

August 3, 2011  09:49 AM ET
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They weren't going to send this guy off on any of the trades that packaged him in them. They really believe in Montero. Spells the end for somebody real soon. Anybody wonder who it will be? lol.

Probably Cervelli more than Posada...

August 3, 2011  09:52 AM ET
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Who were some of these very good players that the Yankees refused to let him go for? The offered him for Lee. Seattle wanted more. The Yankees' biggest need is pitching. Outside of Lee, there haven't been any ace pitchers available in the trade market worth giving up top prospects for. I'm sure when and if Seattle dangles King Felix, the Yankees will gladly give them Montero and whoever else they want.

I think you may have seen the last "major" deal until the CBA expires. I think a lot of teams are going to see how the new one shakes out after the inevitable lockout and huffing and puffing on both sides.

If there is a cap, why would a team give up a player right before one goes into effect because they'll know their expenses and the limits?

August 3, 2011  09:53 AM ET
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Taking a player out of their routine can play mental games

Hip Hip, Hor hay !

August 3, 2011  10:13 AM ET
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I think you may have seen the last "major" deal until the CBA expires. I think a lot of teams are going to see how the new one shakes out after the inevitable lockout and huffing and puffing on both sides.If there is a cap, why would a team give up a player right before one goes into effect because they'll know their expenses and the limits?

I don't think a cap will ever happen in baseball. The owners themselves aren't even in agreement about a salary cap. From what I've read, the agenda for the new CBA will center around playoffs expansion, realignment, and more replays. IMO the negotiations for the new MLB CBA will go much smoother than the NFL and NBA's, since the latter two hinged mainly on financial struggles between owners and players.

August 3, 2011  10:26 AM ET
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Montero projects out to be victor Martinez (at best)

And wouldn't that be horrible...

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August 3, 2011  10:33 AM ET
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I don't think a cap will ever happen in baseball. The owners themselves aren't even in agreement about a salary cap. From what I've read, the agenda for the new CBA will center around playoffs expansion, realignment, and more replays. IMO the negotiations for the new MLB CBA will go much smoother than the NFL and NBA's, since the latter two hinged mainly on financial struggles between owners and players.

I agree. Owners and players are making money hand over fist. They're not going to jeopardize that.

 
August 3, 2011  10:34 AM ET
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Actually, he's had a meh seasn in the minors and his value is lower than it has been.the catcher n AA austin romine is their real catching prospect they think will be the man long term. Montero projects out to be victor Martinez (at best) ....a dh/1b....not a regular catcherThey will bring him up in sept, but he isn't replacing jorge/jones....yet

I don't see him suddenly hitting that much better in the majors than he is currently in the minors. It would be a huge leap to go from a mediocre hitter in the minors this year to an elite hitter in the majors.

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