The Yankees today announced that they have declined their option on Damaso Marte. The often-injured left-hander actually pitched in 76 games for the Yankees — much more than I would have guessed — but he missed all of 2011 because of shoulder surgery, and he would have been a hard-to-justify, $4-million gamble next year.
Aside from his contributions in the 2009 postseason, Marte’s time with the Yankees was a flop and the trade that brought him to the Bronx a mistake. He came over from the Pirates in 2008, a deal that failed to get the Yankees into the postseason and cost them four young players who have shown legitimate promise and production in Pittsburgh.
Xavier Nady was also part of that trade, and he played only seven games for the Yankees after that ’08 season. Marte’s greatest contribution came from his four scoreless appearances in the 2009 World Series, otherwise he never pitched very well or very often for the Yankees.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, saw Jeff Karstens pitch to a 3.38 ERA this season. Daniel McCutchen has emerged as a dependable and often-used relief pitcher for the Pirates, Jose Tabata is their everyday left fielder at 23 years old and Ross Ohlendorf has been good when healthy.