Saturday, July 26, 2008

Nady-Marte Deal is Revised

Word from WFAN radio this morning is that the Yankees deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte, has been revised. Instead of prospects Phil Coke and George Kontos, the Yankees are sending pitchers Jeff Karstens and Dan McCutchen to the Pirates.

Karstens has made 15 career apperances, appearing as both a starter and long reliever. It was obvious that he would never be a star in the league, but has been serviceable at times. He was set to make the Yankees out of spring training before a strained groin set him back.

McCutchen excelled at Trenton in the Eastern League before a promotion to Scranton of the International League. He's got off to a slow start at Triple-A, but had been pitching very well of late. Scouts, however, project more as a late inning set up man or closer rather than a starter.

Why the change in the deal? Either it wasn't accurate to begin with, or one or more players failed their physicals.

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