Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Mets deal Nady, Yanks get Abreu

Xavier, we hardly knew ye. The former Padre is now a former Met. Yesterday, as the interleague trading deadline drew near, Mets' GM Omar Minaya dealt the slow-footed slugger to the Pirates for two pitchers. The move was hastened by a surprise injury to bullpen set-up man Duaner Sanchez, who separated his throwing shoulder in a cab accident in Miami on Sunday night. It was the first real blow to the Mets' juggernaut so far this season.

In return for Nady (.264, 14 HR, 40 RBI), the Mets received righthanded reliever Roberto Henandez, who pitched for them last year, and lefty starter Oliver Perez. Hopefully for the Mets, Hernandez (0-3, 2.93) can successfully plug the hole left by Sanchez (5-1, 2.60), who may be out for the season. Perez (2-10, 6.63) was sent to the minors, while rookie phenom Lastings Milledge was recalled; he'll platoon with Endy Chavez in RF.

Nady, acquired for Mike Cameron last winter, proved to be a streaky hitter at best with a shakey glove. The combination of Milledge and Chavez will add speed to the outfield and lineup. But can Hernandez and Aaron Heilman fill in respectably for Sanchez?

Meanwhile, over in the Bronx, the Yankees made a typical move with the trade for Phillies' RF Bobby Abreu and starter Cory Lidle. They gave up 4 prospects of medium standng and assumed lots of contract debt (Abreu will earn $15 million next season). Only the Yankees could get so much for so little. Abreu, whose stats have fallen off this year (he has just 8 HRs), will play RF until Gary Sheffield returns. Lidle is scheduled to be the team's 5th starter, a position recently manned by Sidney Ponson.

The Mets (63-41), fresh off their weekend sweep of the Braves in Atlanta, open a 3-game series against Florida in Miami tonight with Mike Pelfry (2-1) on the mound. They're 14 games ahead of the Phillies. The Yanks (61-41) trail Boston by 1 game in the AL East. They kick off a 3-game series against the Blue Jays tonight at Yankees Stadium.

Other trades of note:

• Cubs' P Greg Maddux for Dodgers' IF Cesar Izturis
• Pirates' 1B Sean Casey for Tigers' P Brian Rogers
• Yankees' P Shawn Chacon for Pirates' OF Craig Wilson
• Twins' P Kyle Lohse for Reds' P Zach Ward
• Phillies' P Real Cormier for Reds' P Justin Germano
• Pirates' P Kip Wells for Rangers' P Jesse Chavez
• Devil Rays' IF Julio Lugo for Dodgers' prospects Joel Guzman & Sergio Pedroza
• Royals P Jeremy Affeldt & P Denny Bautista for Rockies' IF Ryan Shealy & P Scott Dohmann
• Rangers' P Joselo Diaz for Royals' IF Matt Stairs
• Braves' P Jorge Sosa for Cards' P Rich Scalamandre
• Cubs' IF Todd Walker for Padres' P Jose Ceda


Huge loss for the Mets. Sanchez was amazing this year. I thought he would be closer in the future like when the Yankees had Wetteland and Rivera. He provided excellent middle relief in order to get to Wagner. Hernandez is 40 or older but who else could they get? Nady hit well in the Mets line-up but I don't see him doing the same thing in Pittsburgh.
I don't like the Yankees trading Shacon. I guarantee you that they will blow through the bullpen just to get to the 7th inning of meaningful games in September.
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