The Yankees have acquired 29-year old righty swinging outfielder Xavier Nady and 33-year old lefty reliever Damaso Marte from the Pirates for Jose Tabata, Ross Ohlendorf, Dan McCutchen and Jeff Karstens. This was a great move for the Yanks as only Tabata was one of the better prospects that they have. Nady will play DH and LF for the Yanks playing everyday. He will be essentially replacing Hideki Matsui who could miss the remainder of the season. Nady played in 89 games for the Pirates this season and he was 108 for 327 (.330 avg, .918 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 13 homers and 57 RBIs. Nady could fall off a little bit in production as he has never played anywhere near this well in his career to date. Nady has now played in 612 games in his major league career and he is 563 for 2,001 (.281 avg, .793 OPS) with 260 runs scored, 75 homers, 283 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. Damaso Marte will give the Yanks a shutdown lefty reliever who can work late in games. He has pitched in 47 games for the Pirates this season and he was 4-0 with 5 saves, a 3.47 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Marte has whiffed 47 batters in 46.2 innings this season for the Bucs which shows how nasty his stuff can be. Marte has now pitched in 494 games in his major league career and he is 21-21 with 36 saves, a 3.21 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He has whiffed 484 batters in 454.1 career innings which shows how dominating he can be.
The Yanks got two really solid players for no one that they projected to contribute for them in the near future. 19-year old righty swinging outfielder Jose Tabata was the #3 prospect in the Yanks’ system heading into this season according to Baseball America. But, he struggled in AA ball this season before his season ended early due to injury. Tabata played in 79 games in AA ball this season and he is 73 for 294 (.248 avg, .630 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 3 homers, 36 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. 25-year old righty Ross Ohlendorf did not pitch too well for the Yanks this season as he worked in 24 games out of the bullpen and he was 1-1 with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. 25-year old righty starting pitcher Jeff McCutchen was the Yanks’ #14 prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. He has started 20 games in AA+AAA ball this season and he is 8-9 with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. He has whiffed 110 batters in 123.1 innings in the minors this season. 25-year old righty starting pitcher Jeff Karstens has started 12 games in AAA ball this season and he is 6-4 with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Karstens has also pitched in 15 games (9 starts) in his major league career and he is 3-5 with a 5.65 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.
The Pirates were hard up for prospects and the Yankees took advantage of the situation. The Yanks didn’t give up too much in this trade which means they should be able to get another starting pitcher and possibly a catcher too.