Xavier Nady for Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez
|Date: July 31, 2006|
|Team: Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Sent: Xavier Nady|
|Received: Roberto Hernandez, Oliver Perez|
Following an injury suffered by Duaner Sanchez in a taxi accident, the Mets were in search of a reliever. In July of 2006, the team acquired pitchers Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez from the Pirates in exchange for outfielder Xavier Nady. A five-season major leaguer, Nady had 14 home runs and 40 runs batted in with a .264 batting average for the Mets during the '06 season. Hernandez (who pitched for the Mets in 2005) had a 2.93 earned run average in 46 games with the Pirates in '06. Perez was a five-year veteran who had a 2-10 won-lost record and a 6.63 ERA for the '06 Pittsburgh team.
Hernandez appeared in 22 games for the Mets over the rest of the 2006 season. He had no wins, losses or saves and posted a 3.48 ERA with 15 strikeouts. Roberto pitched in three games of the '06 National League Championship Series against the Cardinals. He joined the Cleveland Indians as a free agent after the season.
Perez became a regular member of the Mets' starting rotation. He recorded a win in Game 4 of the '06 NLCS and led the team with 15 wins and a 3.56 ERA in 2007. Oliver led all National League pitchers with 34 starts in 2008. He totaled 29 wins as a Met between 2006 and 2009.