Friday, July 25, 2008

Big trade for Yankees

The Yankees have made a deal with the Pirates, receiving outfielder Xavier Nady and left-handed reliever Damaso Marte in return for Russ Ohlendorf, Jose Tabata, Phil Coke and George Kontos.

Nady is having a great season, batting .330 with 13 home runs and 57 RBIs. Marte was coveted by multiple teams, and his addition makes the Yanks bullpen second to none. The lefty was 4-0 with a 3.47 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings with the Bucs.

Tabata may have been the toughest player to part with, he entered the season ranked amongst the club's top prospects. More analysis on this big deal later, but on paper it seems like a great move by Brian Cashman.

According to PeteAbe, the deal has been restructured.

The Yankees are sending RHP Dan McCutchen, RHP Jeff Karstens, OF Jose Tabata and RHP Ross Ohlendorf to Pittsburgh for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte.

LHP Phil Coke and RHP George Kontos are not in the deal.

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