Xavier Nady for Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez

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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.

Nady played in 269 games for the Pirates from 2006 to 2008. He batted .301 with 36 homers and 152 RBIs with the Pittsburgh team. Nady was dealt to the Yankees in July of '08.