Posted: Monday July 31, 2006 11:42AM; Updated: Tuesday August 1, 2006 11:51AM
Mets deal Nady for Hernandez, Perez
The ageless Roberto Hernandez is headed back to New York for a second tour of duty with the Mets.
Brian Bahr/Getty Images
Got a question or comment for Jon?
The Mets have made a move they hope will boost their suddenly lackluster pitching staff, sending outfielder Xavier Nady to the Pirates for left-hander Oliver Perez and reliever Roberto Hernandez.
The need for Hernandez arose when the Mets learned they were losing setup man Duaner Sanchez, possibly for the season, because of a separated shoulder suffered in a taxi-cab accident on Sunday night in Miami.
Hernandez, 41, has a 2.93 ERA in 43 innings this season, with 33 strikeouts and 24 walks, two saves and holds.
The Mets have something of a reclamation project in Perez, who won 12 games in 2004 but hasn't been the same since. He was sent to the minor leagues last month after losing 10 of his first 12 decisions and posting a 6.63 ERA. He hasn't fared much better at Triple A, going 1-3 with a 5.63 ERA in six starts.
Nady has hit a career-high 14 home runs this season after coming over from the Padres in an offseason trade. He most likely will be replaced initially by Endy Chavez and highly touted rookie outfielder Lastings Milledge, who's being called up.
It was a rough last couple of days for the Mets. GM Omar Minaya spoke about the high of sweeping the Braves and the low of hearing about Sanchez's injury -- which will cost him the entire year if he needs surgery, a possibility Minaya termed "50-50'' -- and failing to acquire the big-time starter he sought.
"We were close to some major deals last night,'' said Minaya.
SI.com reported that the Mets were in serious discussions with the Giants about Jason Schmidt and the Astros about Roy Oswalt, deals that would have cost the Mets Milledge. Minaya said Sanchez's accident did not kill those potential deals but did not elaborate on what did.
Word going around baseball was that Astros owner Drayton McLane killed a potential deal with the Mets -- a deal that would have sent Oswalt to New York for Milledge and young pitcher Brian Bannister.
Yankees trade Chacon
The Pirates weren't done dealing. They sent outfielder/first baseman Craig Wilson to the Yankees for right-hander Shawn Chacon, who fell out of favor this year after his surprisingly heroic performances last year. The plan is for Wilson to platoon at first base with young Andy Phillips, who's struggling offensively lately.
Lohse to Reds
The Cincinnati Reds acquired right-handed pitcher Kyle Lohse from the Twins Monday morning to fortify their run at a playoff spot.
Lohse, 27, won 45 games as a starter over the previous four years before losing his spot this year in a talented Twins rotation. He was 2-5 with a 7.12 ERA this year and had been working out of the bullpen since returning from the minors.
Lohse is well known by Reds GM Wayne Krivsky, who served as a Twins assistant GM before being hired by the Reds this winter. A few good moves by Krivsky have put the surprising Reds in the thick of the playoff race; entering the day they had a 1½-game lead over Arizona in the wild-card race.
Lohse makes $3.9 million this year after winning his arbitration case for the second straight year, but it is believed the Twins will have to pay part of the $1.4 million remaining on his contract. According to the Associated Press, right-hander Zach Ward goes to the Twins in return.