Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe believes Xavier Nady could wind up with the Angels, Giants, or Mets.
The Yanks currently have Nady slated to start in right next year. Getting rid of Nady for a 5th starter candidate is a pretty good move in my opinion.
Nady batted a career high .330 with the Pirates last year in 89 games, while posting a less-than-spectacular .268 average with the Yanks in 59 games. Lets face it, the NL Central is a little easier to hit in compared to the stacked AL East.
Without Nady, that opens up a spot in right field for Nick Swisher. Last year, Swisher hit a career low .219 with the White Sox, but was t-8th in the AL in walks with 82 and has put up 20 or more homers four years running. I would be more than happy with him filling the 7th or 8th slot in the everyday lineup.
I also like the idea of getting a proven starter in return to put pressure on youngsters like Phil Hughes, Alfredo Aceves, and Ian Kennedy vying for the 5th spot in the rotation.
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