A fair question I think – She-Fan and Chris had a discussion about it in the comments section a few posts ago. So it got me thinking what has happened to the Pirates and Yankees since the trade went down?
The Yankees got Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte for 4 prospects: pitchers Jeff Karstens, Daniel McCutchen and Ross Ohlendorf, as well as outfielder Jose Tabata. Who got the better end of the deal? Let’s see.
Nady has missed most of the season with an elbow injury and was very close to returning in a week or two before reinjuring the elbow and causing the need for season ending Tommy John surgery.
Marte has missed most of this season with shoulder issues. He appeared in 7 games in April, pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing 9 runs on 9 hits with 6 K’s.
Karstens and Ohlendorf are on the Pirates staff this year, but Karstens couldn’t cut it as a starter and was sent to the bullpen. He has pitched in 17 games and 67 2/3 innings, allowing 70 hits and had only 27 strikeouts. His ERA is 4.66. Ohlendorf hasn’t been too much better. He is still now a starter for the Pirates, sitting at 6-6 with a 4.75 ERA. He has pitched in 89 innings, allowing 90 hits and getting 44 K’s.
McCutchen is a starter for Triple-A Indianapolis and is currently 5-5 with a 4.34 ERA, and 60 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings.
Tabata was a highly rated prospect for the Yankees, but has been hampered this season by a hammy injury. He has seen little work for the Pirates Double-A affiliate in Altoona, PA and in the games he has appeared in, he’s hitting .257. Tabata’s having his second straight off year.
Reads to me like a wash. The Yankees didn’t get much and they didn’t lose much. Nady did hit well last season, but has offered nothing this season. Fortunately, so far the Yankees haven’t needed him to stay in playoff contention. Marte has been atrocious but also hasn’t been needed. Plus, if you reverse the trade, everyone of those pitchers is at Triple-A or Double -A. Tabata is still injured. Nothing is any different.