Since Jose Tabata left the Yanks organization, he has been absolutely Nadyesque with Pittsburgh’s minor league teams. The once heralded prospect has put up a line of .359/.390/.513 with the Pirates’ AA affiliate. Before that he spent a few games on assignment in the Gulf Coast League raking to the tune of .455/.538/1.091. Of course, all of this has been done in 50 at-bats, quite a small sample size. But the change of scenery seems to have immediately benefited Tabata, which makes me wonder about what was going on between him and the Yanks’ minor league people, whose job it is to nurture and develop prospects. Anyway, if he had put up these numbers in the month preceding the trade, would he have been deemed off-limits? I think so. And that makes me worried about the future of this trade.