Thats the rumor currently being reported at MLB.com
PITTSBURGH — Pirates right fielder Xavier Nady and reliever Damaso Marte have been traded to the Yankees.
Though the team confirmed a trade, the Pirates have not confirmed that both players are indeed going to New York. However, according to one official baseball source, Nady and Marte have been dealt for right-hander Ross Ohlendorf and three prospects. Those prospects are believed to be lefty Phil Coke, outfielder Jose Tabata and right-hander George Kontos.
Coke pitched one inning for Double-A Trenton on Friday before being pulled.
The Pirates have not officially made an announcement and said they will do so after medical evaluations are completed.
Nady started Friday’s game and was removed after one inning. Television cameras caught Marte hugging his teammates in the dugout in the second inning, apparently shortly after learning the news.
Nady fills the most glaring void of a right-handed corner outfielder. If the Yanks decide to re-sign him, he could replace Bobby Abreu in right next year. I’m curious to see what his defense looks like.
Offensively, I’m not expecting him to match his first half production. He was one of those supposed can’t-miss prospects that never became the star that many expected. In fact, before this year, he’d never even played more than 130 games in a season. He’s having his career year now at 29 years old. His career batting average and slugging percentage are .281 and .456, respectively, so maybe I’m being a little tough on him.
And some Yankee fans might remind me of another right fielder who’s career numbers through age 29 (the year before he came to NY) were .257 and .425, respectively. Of course Paul O’Neil was a lefty coming to Yankee Stadium and brought with him a firey heart that you can never just assume someone possesses.
It’ll be disappointing to see Tabata come up in Pittsburgh. He’s only 19 and has been with the Yankees organization since he was 16 in 2005. But he’s not having a good year, his first in AA Trenton, while fellow AA OF prospect Austin Jackson (21) is having another solid season after hitting .304 at 3 levels in the minors last year.
Marte has been effective enough this year and will probably be used as a lefty specialist. With the way the Yankees bulpen has been producing, it might be hard for him to find many other opportunities but as the adage goes, you can never have too much pitching.