Perhaps it can be called robbery
On July 26, 2008, GM Neal Huntington asked everyone to be patient, to not jump to conclusions about the return the Pirates netted for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte. On the three-year anniversary of that trade, there is absolutely no need to wait any longer when it comes to determining the “winner” of that Pirates-Yankees deal.
Fitting that Jeff Karstens is on the mound on the anniversary, as he is one of the four players Pittsburgh received in that trade. Karstens, along with Daniel McCutchen, Ross Ohlendorf and Jose Tabata, have all contributed to the Pirates to varying degrees at varying points over the past three years. Since the deal, Nady and Marte have spent as much time on the disabled list as they have on a Major League roster.
Take those four players out of the Pirates’ picture and this team is not sitting in a pennant race — and probably not even above .500 — right now. This isn’t to say that all of Huntington’s deals have been fruitful (where is that return for Jason Bay?), but it is a reminder to not always judge a trade by its immediate reward.
Here is a look at the numbers of the six players involved in that Pirates-Yankees trade three years ago. Remember, too, that the Pirates have all four of their players under control for multiple more years.
Nady: 191 games, .257 batting average, 27 doubles, nine home runs, 65 RBIs
Marte: 6.02 ERA in 76 games with Yankees/27 walks, 49 strikeouts
Karstens: 17-27 with 4.17 ERA in 95 games (58 starts)/ 104 walks, 208 strikeouts
Ohlendorf: 12-24 with 4.24 ERA in 57 starts/114 walks, 207 strikeouts
McCutchen: 6-8 with 4.39 ERA in 79 games (15 starts)/ 54 walks, 85 strikeouts
Tabata: 173 games, .285 batting average, 35 doubles, seven home runs, 33 stolen bases
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