Nady worth keeping

January, 8, 2009
Via MLB Trade Rumors, Henry Schulman writes about who might be playing first base for the Giants this spring …

    Some speculation has arisen that the Giants might find a first baseman in New York, either Nick Swisher or Xavier Nady. I do not expect either will come to San Francisco.

    I've been told by a good source that Yankees GM Brian Cashman wants to keep Swisher to replace Bobby Abreu in right field and deal Nady, who becomes a free agent after the 2009 season.

    I briefly thought Nady might be a good fit even though he is a year away from free agency because he is from Northern California and might be amenable to working out a long-term deal before he hits free agency. Then I remembered who his agent was -- Scott Boras. Furthermore, a look at Nady's stats reminded me that he has played all of 82 games at first base in a nearly six-year major-league career, and only three games in the last two years.

    This is just speculation on my part, but I'm guessing there is no deal to be had here.

Makes sense to me, but especially because the Yankees might actually wind up wanting to keep Nady, who's not really good enough to play every day for a great team but looks like a mighty useful fourth outfielder. Figure Swisher in right field, Johnny Damon in left field, and a big question mark -- Brett Gardner? Really? -- in center field. Maybe Hideki Matsui winds up in left with Damon moving back to center, or maybe Swisher goes to center and a right fielder is conjured from somewhere. Either way, it seems to me that the Yankees could use a premier fourth outfielder of their own, if only to match up with Rocco Baldelli.

Also, Nady wouldn't actually bring a great deal back in a trade. The Yankees could use a reliable relief pitcher. But if Nady can't get them one, they might as well keep him.



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