January 11, 2009

Nady or Nick?

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.

Photos from MLB.com


Andrew Vazzano said...

You're not going to get a proven starter from the Mets for either of those guys.

Lenny Neslin said...

"Proven starter" maybe getting my hopes up, but Nick Cafardo's exact words were that "he could land them an end-of-the-rotation starter." I think that Nady has enough value to get someone like a Darren Oliver from the Angels, or maybe a Jonathan Sanchez/Matt Cain of the Giants. Maybe they'll reunite with Tim Redding. We shall see.

Andrew Vazzano said...

Darren Oliver is no starter.

Lenny Neslin said...

Maybe so, but I don't really see Nady ending up with the Angels because they already have Vladi, Hunter, just resigned Juan Rivera, Gary Matthews Jr. and Reggie Willits.

Anonymous said...

I say if you're going to trade Nady, trade him for some Double-A hitters who could eventually make it to the parent team. The Yankees' minor league system badly needs hitters with high-impact potential.

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