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Damaso Marte expected to undergo shoulder surgery

Oct 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

Limited to 13 innings last season and 18 innings this year, Damaso Marte is now expected to undergo shoulder surgery after shutting down his rehab.
“We’re going to pull the plug on Marte,” general manager Brian Cashman told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. “He’s attempted to come back, but it just hasn’t worked out. That was the conservative route that’s been done, so now we’ll have to do the more aggressive route, which is the invasive side of it. Doctors will have to make decisions and talk about it with the player.”
Acquired from the Pirates along with Xavier Nady for Jose Tabata, Jeff Karstens, Daniel McCutchen, and Ross Ohlendorf in 2008, Marte signed a three-year, $12 million deal last winter. He’s logged just 31 innings with a 6.39 ERA while making $8 million through the first two years of the contract and the Yankees still owe him $4 million in 2011, plus a $250,000 buyout or $4 million option in 2012.

  1. BC - Oct 12, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Have any of the guys in this trade done ANYTHING since? Ohlendorf was decent for a little while, but my god, what a lose-lose trade.

  2. fabs - Oct 12, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Marte was lights out in the playoffs last year. That’s enough for me.

  3. SouthofHeaven - Oct 12, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Yeah he was! 9th inning of game 6, 2 strikeouts on 6 pitches. I was actually nervous when they pulled him for Mo.

  4. DGL - Oct 12, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Tabata put up a .299/.346/.400 slash line, for a 102 OPS+, which is not too shabby for a 21-year-old rookie.
    Ohlendorf had a 100 ERA+ and an average game score of 50 before he got hurt, so basically league average production – you just have to look past the 1-11 W/L (due in no small part to an abysmal 2.9 run support per game).
    Karstens and McCutchen were just about replacement level, so no great shakes there one way or the other.
    On the other hand, Nady put up a .256/.306/.353 slash line (72 OPS+) as a $3.3M backup 1B/corner OF.
    A 21YO corner OF playing at a league-average level, a 27YO starting pitcher playing at a league-average level, and two replacement-level pitchers, for a $12M 35YO relief pitcher who has pitched 35 innings (counting the postseason) and one year of a $10M league-average corner OF. The fact that this is seen by Yankee fans as “good enough for me”, and by anyone as “lose-lose”, only points up the imbalance in the MLB financial system…

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