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Last night’s deal which sent Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte from Pittsburgh to the Yankees was incorrectly reported. Jose Tabata is still the centerpiece along with Ross Ohlendorf, but Jeff Karstens and Daniel McCutchen have become Pirates as well.

The reports made the rounds before the Yankees announced anything official. Phil Coke, who was originally reported as being part of the deal was pulled from his start last night after one inning. So it made sense that he was included in the deal.

George Kontos was the other double-A pitcher who was supposedly going to Pittsburgh.

This deal is probably better for the Pirates, instead of getting one of the Yankees top prospects and three throw ins they are now getting three pitchers who can contribute in the majors as soon as next year.

Ohlendorf was briefly part of the Yankees bullpen this season and Karstens has appeared in 15 games for the Bombers over the past two years. In seven appearances last season he had a 1-4 record with a 11.05 ERA and nine walks in 14.2 innings. He was more impressive in 2006 where in eight appearances he was 2-1 with a 3.80 ERA. As a Yankee he looked overmatched, but a switch to the National League could do him some good. He was 6-4 with a 3.80 ERA and only walked 15 batters in 68.2 innings starting for Scranton this season.

For the Yankees the deal is about the same, sure they are losing a better prospect in McCutchen, but Karstens stinks so things kind of even out. Although losing a decent prospect like that still hurts.

McCutchen is considered the better prospect than either Kontos or Coke. His overall numbers in the minor leagues this season are pretty good, he is 8-9 in 20 starts this season with a 3.14 ERA and 110 strike outs in 123.1 innings.

Since being promoted to triple-A in late May McCutchen was 4-6 with a 3.58 ERA. He has been fighting consistency since the promotion, but had a pair of complete game shutouts on July 5 and June 14.

McCutchen was also suspended for violating the league’s banned substances policy. The drug he tested positive for is rumored to be adderall, which is not a steroid but is an amphetamine and is banned.

The changes in the deal might have saved LaTroy Hawkins‘ ass. Of the four players initially reported as being sent to Pittsburgh last night only one of them, Ohlendorf, was on the 40-man roster which meant that someone had to be DFA’d and Hawkins could have been the guy.

Instead Karstens and Ohlendorf will be taken off the 40-man roster and Nady and Marte can just slide in their place. He isn’t out of the woods yet though as they still have to make room on the 25-man roster.

Either Justin Christian or Brett Gardner will be sent down to make room for Nady. The other could be sent down for Marte as well, but that is less likely to happen. Instead they could DFA Hawkins or send Dan Giese to Scranton.

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  1. 1 On July 26th, 2008, gozer said:

    I feel a bit better about this deal now – from a met fan’s perspective. at least i’ve heard of karstens and mccutchen. nady and marte for ohlendorf and tabata sounded like a steal.

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