Xavier Nady is going to be out for a while

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Remeber last year when the Pirates traded Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte
to the Yankees in exchange for Jose Tabata, Dan McCutchen, Jeff
Karstens and Ross Ohlendorf? Remember how lots of people thought the
Yankees won that trade? About how it was highway robbery of the Pirates
that Cashman didn’t throw in Melky or Kennedy or anyone like that?
Well, what a difference 11 months make:

After the Yankees’ second offensive explosion in row, they announced
that another veteran hitter would not be joining them anytime soon.
Outfielder Xavier Nady, who had tried to avoid surgery for the elbow
injury he sustained in April, pulled himself from a game with Class AAA
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after a painful throw.

“It’s the thing you try to avoid,” said General Manager Brian
Cashman, who spoke to Scranton Manager Dave Miley. “It could be the
worst-case scenario.”

And of course Damaso Marte has been out for two months too. Meanwhile,
Russ Ohlendorf gave up two runs in seven innings yesterday and has been
a fairly serviceable fourth/fifth starter type. This is not to say that
the Pirates made out like bandits or anything — Tabata is going
nowhere right now and Karstens is roster filler at best — but at least
they’re playing.

The point, I guess, is that it’s pretty hard to judge most trades
the moment they happen. The Yankees would probably like to take this
one back at this point, and no one really felt that way last year.

Report: Mark Trumbo signs three-year, $37.5 million contract with Orioles

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 04:  Mark Trumbo #45 of the Baltimore Orioles runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during the American League Wild Card game at Rogers Centre on October 4, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Update #2 (6:21 PM EST): Make that $37.5 million, per Heyman.

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Update (6:02 PM EST): The deal is for “around” $37 million with deferrals that lower the present-day value, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that free agent 1B/OF Mark Trumbo is close to a deal with the Orioles. He first reported that the two sides were back in touch earlier on Thursday afternoon. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the deal is expected to be for three years and under $40 million.

Trumbo’s market hasn’t developed as he expected. The slugger turned down the Orioles’ $17.2 million qualifying offer back in November. Then the Orioles reportedly made a four-year contract offer to him in December but pulled it off the table. Most recently, a report indicated that Trumbo lowered his expectations to a three-year deal in the $40-50 million range.

Trumbo, 31, led the majors with 47 homers for the Orioles this past season. He also hit a solid .256/.316/.433 with 108 RBI in 667 plate appearances. With Trumbo back in the fold and some slight offensive upgrades made, the Orioles figure to have a formidable offense in 2017.

Astros avoid arbitration with Mike Fiers

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 17: Starting pitcher Mike Fiers #54 of the Houston Astros walks to the dugout after pitching an inning during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 17, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. The Astros won the game 2-1. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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The Astros avoided arbitration with pitcher Mike Fiers, agreeing on a $3.45 million salary for the 2017 season, per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle. The right-hander was in his first of three years of arbitration eligibility.

Fiers, 31, made 30 starts and one relief appearance for the Astros in 2016. He finished the year with a 4.48 ERA and a 134/42 K/BB ratio in 168 2/3 innings.

Fiers had a much better showing in 2015 as well as in limited action in 2014, so the Astros are hoping he rediscovers that effectiveness going forward. He’ll slot into the back of the starting rotation.