Yankees part with Montero, reluctantly

Brian Cashman wanted to keep him, but the need for starting pitching was just too great

Updated: January 15, 2012, 5:02 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

The New York Yankees were crushed to trade Jesus Montero. The September glimmer that resembled some semblance of an in-his-prime Manny Ramirez had them as psyched up as their fans with each laser that shot off the 22-year-old's bat. Unlike many in the game, the Yankees believe Montero can catch in the majors and think he could very well become another Mike Piazza.

We will never find out how the defensive-minded Joe Girardi would have dealt with an offense-first catcher, but the Yankees ...

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