Pineda for Montero could shake up draft

A big trade involving top prospects might shake up the first round of the March draft.

Seattle has traded young pitching star Michael Pineda, projected as the No. 1 overall pick in our league’s draft, for young slugging prospect Jesus Montero of the New York Yankees, himself projected to be the No. 5 overall pick.

But does Pineda’s stock drop now? He moves to a smaller ballpark, and to a tougher division. Meanwhile, Montero’s chances at a full-time spot in the lineup for 2012 have just shot up dramatically. What do you think of the trade?

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Less than two months to the draft!

Here in the Washington, D.C., area, we’re still waiting for our first snowfall of the winter, but already spring is on our minds. Draft Day, Saturday March 3, is less than two months away.

If history is any indication, the ratings ‘disk’ (now a download) should be available next week. Last year it was available on Jan. 10, the second Monday of the year, so a corresponding date this year would be Monday, Jan. 9.

Also, tickets for some spring training games, including those hosted by the Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers, go on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m. We’ll be doing the usual group purchase technique as soon as the Internet will allow on Saturday morning to get the best possible seats. It’s helpful to have several managers assisting with this task, to help spread the initial cost, and to parcel out the seats into manageable sizes.

Watch for an e-mail coming soon regarding spring training games you’re interested in.

Meanwhile, for which player on your team are you most eager to see card ratings?