Monday, July 31, 2006

Oliver Perez and Roberto Hernandez traded to the New York Mets for Xavier Nady

Just moments after the blog was posted,the deal went down.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded SP Oliver Perez and RP Roberto Hernandez back to the Mets for corner outfielder Xavier Nady.

Hernandez, who was a Met last season,is reunited in his former hometown and his former team. He posted a stat line of 43 IP,with 33 K's,a 1.63 WHIP,and a 2.93 ERA. He also posted an 0-3 record,getting 2 saves and 9 holds over the season.

Oliver Perez,who has struggled since 2004 to return to the form that made him the talented young ace that once bolstered the Pirates' starting rotation. In the 2006 season before getting demoted to AAA ball,he posted a record of 2-10 over 76 IP with a stat line of 61 K's and a 6.63 ERA.

The main reasons for the Mets to make the trade was both the desire to add a young arm to the back end of a starting rotation looking for help,and also to help out in the bullpen following an unfortunate car accident leaving reliever Duaner Sanchez with a seperated shoulder that will probably end his 2006 season.

From the receiver standpoint, Xavier Nady has been batting .264 with 14 HR's and 40 RBI's. He is listed as one of the Mets' top up and coming players at the position and when playing has shown a great deal of pontential of being an adequate corner outfielder defensively,and a great power bat to compliment star Jason Bay,and breakout player Freddy Sanchez in the future.

The Kip Wells to Boston deal has still not shown any signs of progress,but ESPN.com is reporting that the deal will likely be done before the deadline,which is only 24 minutes away.

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