The Pirates have traded Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte to the Yankees for a package of four players.
The Pirates get righty Ross Ohlendorf, righty George Kontos, lefty Phil Coke and right fielder Jose Tabata in return. Ohlendorf hasn’t been very impressive in a touch over 60 career ML innings of work. Kontos is a power pitcher, striking out nearly a batter per inning at AA. Coke made his AA debut this year at age 25. Tabata, by all accounts, is the centerpiece of the deal. Tabata is from Venezuela and at age 19 (hopefully he isn’t really 25) is in his fourth year of ball in the minors in the USA.
I am not going to pretend to have in depth knowledge of the Yankees minor league system. So, for detailed analysis, I will refer you to some other bloggers.
Scout.com gives some detail on what the Bombers gave up.
Pat at WHYGAVS doesn’t like the deal at all.
Charlie at Bucs Dugout is a little less critical but still not blown away.
This looks to be considerably better than the deal that sent Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton to the Cubs. At least as far as I know, there wasn’t a Yankees fan sending pizza to the Pirates front office begging for Nady to be shipped to the Bronx.