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Pirates acquire three starting pitchers and an outfielder for Nady and Marte07/26/2008 1:30 PM ET
The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have acquired right-handed starting pitchers Jeff Karstens, Daniel Mc-Cutchen and Ross Ohlendorf and outfielder Jose Tabata from the New York Yankees organization in exchange for outfielder Xavier Nady and left-handed relief pitcher Damaso Marte. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.
"The Pirates are excited to add four quality players to our system," said Huntington. "With Karstens, McCutchen and Olendorf, we were able to add three quality starting pitchers to our system. With Tabata, we added a talented young outfield prospect who has all of the tools to become a member of what we believe will be an athletic and productive outfield. Pirates fans caught a glimpse of Tabata when he participated in the 2006 Futures Game at PNC Park as a 17-year old.
"It was not easy for us to part with Nady and Marte because both players are outstanding individuals and were important parts of what has become a very close knit Pirate team. Both players' value was higher today than it was during the off-season which allowed us to secure four young players we believe will help us achieve our goal of becoming a championship caliber organization again. We wish Xavier and Damaso continued success as they continue their careers with the Yankees."
Jeff Karstens went 6-4 with a 3.80 ERA (68.2ip/29er) and 55 strikeouts this year for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre. He also posted a 1.88 ERA (24.0ip/5er) in four starts during the month of June, which ranked fourth among all Eastern League pitchers. The 25-year-old Karstens has also gone 3-5 with a 5.65 ERA (57.1ip/36er) in 15 games (nine starts) in parts of the last two seasons with the Yankees. Following the 2007 campaign, he also pitched for Team USA, where he was 2-0 with a team-best 0.69 ERA in two starts that helped lead the US squad to win the IBAF World Cup in Taiwan.
Daniel McCutchen began the 2008 campaign with Double-A Trenton, where he was 4-3 with a 2.55 ERA (53.0ip/15er) and 52 strikeouts. In his first month of action the 25-year-old McCutchen went 3-1 with a 1.42 ERA (31.2ip/5er), which ranked second among all Eastern League pitchers. McCutchen, was then promoted to Scranton-Wilkes Barre on May 21. In his 11 starts with the Triple-A club, he went 4-6 with a 3.58 ERA (70.1ip/28er) and 58 strikeouts; he went 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA in his final three starts. Last year McCutchen posted a combined record of 14-4 and a 2.47 ERA in 24 appearances (23 starts) with Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton while being tabbed as having the "Best Control" by Baseball America among all Florida State League pitchers. Ross Ohlendorf made 25 appearances out of the Yankees' bullpen to begin the 2008 campaign before being optioned to their Triple-A affiliate on June 27. In his five starts with Scranton-Wilkes Barre, the hard-throwing righthander went 1-1 with a 4.03 ERA (22.1ip/10er) and 25 strikeouts. Ohlendorf also appeared in six games with the Yankees in 2007 and went 0-0 with a 2.81 ERA (6.1ip/2er) and nine strikeouts.
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