Xavier Nady had a hot start this season, and although he cooled down in the past two months, he was still a coveted player by many teams. The Mets were considered the frontrunners to acquire Nady, a former player for the Mets. When he was with the Mets in '06, he put up great numbers for the Metropolitans.
In 75 games, Nady hit 14 homers with 40 RBIs, 15 doubles and .264 average. He had decent stats, and as a Met fan I thought he was good addition to the team. Sadly, the Mets had to trade him to the Pirates when they needed bullpen help after Duaner Sanchez's accident.
After today, Nady is heading to New York, but not to the Mets. The Yankees acquired Nady and Damaso Marte today in a trade pending physicals. Nady will be a great offensive addition to the Yanks, as he has a great batting average of .330 alone with 13 homers, 57 RBIs and 26 doubles.
Marte will be a good addition to the bullpen for the rest of the year, although he is in the twilight of his career. He is 4-0 this year, with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.
In return for Nady and Marte, the Pirates got RHP Ross Ohlendorf, RHP George Kontos, LHP Phil Coke and RF Jose Tabata.
Ohlendorf is a 26 year old relief pitcher who has struggled this year. He has a 6.53 ERA, with 50 hits allowed in 40 IP this year.
The Yankees are definitely making a push to get closer to the Rays and Red Sox in the AL East, and I think this trade will definitely benefit them this year. Nady will provide a much needed right handed bat in the Yankee lineup.
With this trade, the AL East race will be all the more interesting.