Montero: I was in shock

January, 23, 2012
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Jesus Montero admitted on a conference call with the Seattle media today that he believed of himself what a lot of Yankee fans believed of him: That he would never be traded, at least not unless a deal came along that was too good for the Yankees to refuse.
"When the Yankees called and told me, I was in shock,'' said Montero, now a Mariner after the Yankees shipped him off along with Hector Noesi for pitchers Michael Pineda and Jose Campos. "My whole family was in shock. I never thought that was going to happen. But it happened, for real, man.''

Told that GM Brian Cashman said he "may well be the best player I've traded,'' Montero said, "He really said that? That's awesome, man.''
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
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OTHER LEADERS
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