Mets - Acquire O-Per, R-Hern
New York Mets - Acquired P Oliver Perez and P Roberto Hernandez from the Pittsburgh Pirates for OF Xavier Nady.
Nady started off hot in April but his stats have generally dropped since then to a more pedestrian 264/326/487, enough to make him a legitimate major leaguer and a starter on a bad team (hey, maybe the Pirates!) and he’s unlikely to develop much at this point. Nothing wrong with being an OK player - great players wouldn’t be great if there weren’t a ton more players of Nady’s level of quality. Not everyone can be awesome like Scott Podsednik…
Two years ago, Rick Peterson bragged that he could fix Victor Zambrano’s delivery in 15 minutes. However, a bunch of things stepped in the way, such as the new TV series Prison Break, some dry cleaning that had to be picked up, and a few really bad traffic jams in the Holland Tunnel and Peterson just ran short of free time. However, this intrepid reporter has learned that not only does Peterson promise to make room in his schedule to turn Perez into the electric starter he was becoming a few years ago, but to actually devote 30, or even 45 minutes (!) if need be.
Roberto Hernandez is the emergency replacement for the suddenly injured Duaner Sanchez (that’s why public transportation is valuable - Sanchez would totally be OK if he hadn’t been a selfish cab-rider!). Hernandez has continued to get batters out despite even worse peripherals than normal and a blecch defense behind in Pittsburgh. The Mets may be going back to the well one-too-many times in picking up Hernandez again, but when you suddenly have to get a reliever on July 31st, your tactical options are a bit limited.
Posted: July 31, 2006 at 09:03 PM | 77 comment(s)
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