Michael Pineda obviously did not learn after being accused of using pine tar while pitching back on April 10th. He needs to watch Major League and learn proper placement of foreign substances from Eddie Harris (Chelcie Ross). This seemed like an appropriate time for me to create a new pine tar What If? card.
Hopefully this is a learning experience for Pineda because he really is a solid pitcher with a decent career ahead of him. I watched this kid come up through the Mariners system and was very disappointed when he was traded to the Yankees for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi, a horrible trade.
Montero was a solid prospect, before hitting a streak of bad luck, had only played 29 games last year (with a .208 avg) before getting hurt in June and then to add insult to injury he was suspended 50 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. He showed up this year at Spring Training 40 pounds overweight, is currently playing for the Mariners Triple-A team in Tacoma.
Noesi was a complete failure, he pitched in 36 games for the Mariners between 2012-2014 going 2-14. His lowest ERA in Seattle was 5.82 in 2012. He was traded to the Texas Rangers 11 days ago (I am pretty sure it was for a used washing machine) and yesterday they designated him for assignment (the second time in two weeks).