The early reports were that Pittsburgh had acquired outfielder and top prospect Jose Tabata, along with pitchers Phil Coke, George Kontos, and Ross Ohlendorf. But when the deal was finalized on Saturday the Pirates got right-handed starting pitchers Jeff Karstens, Daniel McCutchen and Ross Ohlendorf and outfielder Jose Tabata.
Nady was coveted by several teams as the July 31 trade deadline approached. He was hitting .300 with 13 home runs and 57 RBI and was fifth in the National League batting race entering play on Friday night.
Nady started the Friday night game against San Diego and was removed from the lineup after the first inning.
Marte has been outstanding this year out of the Pirates bullpen. He has posted a 4-0 record with a 3.47 ERA and has recorded five saves.
“The Pirates are excited to add four quality players to our system,” said Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington. “With Karstens, McCutchen and Olenedorf,
we were able to add three quality starting pitchers to our system. With Tabata, we added a talented young outfield
prospect who has all of the tools to become a member of what we believe will be an athletic and productive outfield. Pirates
fans caught a glimpse of Tabata when he participated in the 2006 Futures Game at PNC Park as a 17-year old.
“It was not easy for us to part with Nady and Marte because both players are outstanding individuals and were important
parts of what has become a very close knit Pirate team. Both players’ value was higher today than it was during the offseason
which allowed us to secure four young players we believe will help us achieve our goal of becoming a championship caliiber
organization again. We wish Xavier and Damaso continued success as they continue their careers with the Yankees.”
The 26-year old 6-foot-4 235 pound Ohlendorf was 1-0 with the Yankees and had a 6.53 ERA in 25 appearances before being sent to Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 25-year old has been clocked at 98 mph with his fastball.
Jeff Karstens went 6- with a 3.80 ERA (68.2ip/29er) and 55 strikeouts this year for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre. He
also posted a 1.88 ERA (2 .0ip/5er) in four starts during the month of June, which ranked fourth among all Eastern League
pitchers. The 25-year-old Karstens has also gone 3-5 with a 5.65 ERA (57.1ip/36er) in 15 games (nine starts) in parts of the
last two seasons with the Yankees. Following the 2007 campaign, he also pitched for Team USA, where he was 2-0 with a
team-best 0.69 ERA in two starts that helped lead the US squad to win the IBAF World Cup in Taiwan.
Daniel McCutchen began the 2008 campaign with Double-A Trenton, where he was -3 with a 2.55 ERA (53.0ip/15er) and
52 strikeouts. In his first month of action the 25-year-old McCutchen went 3-1 with a 1. 2 ERA (31.2ip/5er), which ranked
second among all Eastern League pitchers. McCutchen, was then promoted to Scranton-Wilkes Barre on ay 21. In his 11
starts with the Triple-A club, he went -6 with a 3.58 ERA (70.1ip/28er) and 58 strikeouts; he went 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA in
his final three starts. Last year McCutchen posted a combined record of 1 - and a 2. 7 ERA in 2 appearances (23 starts)
with Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton while being tabbed as having the “Best Control” by Baseball America among all
Florida State League pitchers.
The fourth player acquired from the Yanks was 19-year old outfielder Jose Tabata. He was an international signee by the Yankees in 2005. At the age of 17 and in his first year of professional ball, Tabata led the entire Yankees farm system in batting average when he hit .314 for the Gulf Coast Yankees in 2005. At Double A Trenton this season he was hitting .248 with three home runs and 36 RBI.
Pirates outfielder Jason Bay was disappointed by the departure of two outstanding teammates.
“They are going to be irreplaceable,” Bay explained. “It’s a tough pill to swallow right now for a lot of guys, but it’s part of baseball. I think Neal (Huntington) knows what he’s doing and tomorrow you come back and you play a game, but I think it stings a little bit. Two huge parts of the team, but like I said definitely part of the job. I think everyone saw something coming - that day was here.”