Talking Points: Mariners-Yankees deal not a home run yet

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What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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Because the news broke on Friday the 13th — and because fortune hasn’t shined on the Mariners for quite a while — we aren’t going to declare the proposed trade between the Mariners and Yankees a home run. Not yet.

Multiple reports on Friday indicated the Mariners are trading pitcher Michael Pineda to the Yankees for Jesus Montero, considered among the top hitting prospects in the game.

Sure, trading away a dynamic young pitcher is difficult. And the New York media is already saying this trade will make the Yankees king of the AL East. But Mariner fans have to be happy to see the team add a home run hitter.

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Speaking of trading talent to New York, kudos to the Portland Timbers for trading forward Kenny Cooper. Nothing against Cooper, who is a hard worker and a class act. But it’s nice to see the Timbers are willing to part with their first big acquisition. Some teams might hold onto a player they aggressively promote. It is nice to see that Timbers’ management isn’t that stubborn.

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We’re not suggesting we have this problem, but we’re curious:

If you are tired of Tom Brady and the Patriots and tired of Tim Tebow, who do you pull for in today’s game between the Patriots and the Broncos?

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