November 14th, 2011

November 14 – Happy Birthday Xavier Nady

I remember not being thrilled with the July 2008 Yankee trade that brought Nady to the Bronx. It wasn’t so much that I felt New York gave up too much to get the guy. I just thought one of the four players sent to the Pirates in the deal, Russ Ohlendorf would become a good big league pitcher and I didn’t think Nady was that good. I had remembered taking a bit of interest in him when he played for the Mets because his first name caught my attention. He was a decent player back then but I knew his acquisition by New York most likely meant good bye for Bobby Abreu in 2009 and I thought Abreu was still the better all-around player. Then just three days after the deal was made, the Pirates gave up Jason Bay to Boston in a three-way trade that netted Pittsburgh Andy LaRoche, Craig Hansen and Brandon Moss. Theo Epstein really out-maneuvered Brian Cashman that week. Nady played OK for New York during the second half of 2008 while Bay was playing terrific for the Red Sox. Then Xavier had the misfortune of getting hurt in 2009 and missing the entire season.

In the mean time it looks like I might have been wrong about Ohlendorf. After a good first season in Pittsburgh, he’s looked pretty bad the past three. Instead it has been another pitcher the Yankees included in the deal for Nady, the right-hander Jeff Karstens, who could be evolving into a solid starter in Steeltown. As for Xavier, he’s still keeping his suit case packed and moving. After New York didn’t offer him a contract for 2010, he signed with the Cubs and then in 2011 he played quite a bit of first base for the Diamondbacks before breaking his hand. He started out 2012 playing for Washington and then ended the year as a utility outfielder with the World Champion Giants. He turns 34 years-old today.

Nady shares his November 14th birthday with this now infamous cousin of Mariano Rivera and this long ago spit-ball throwing pitcher.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2008 NYY 59 247 228 26 61 11 0 12 40 1 14 48 .268 .320 .474 .794
2009 NYY 7 29 28 4 8 4 0 0 2 0 1 6 .286 .310 .429 .739
11 Yrs 939 3199 2932 361 792 158 7 101 406 19 184 617 .270 .324 .432 .756
SDP (4 yrs) 269 845 775 98 204 36 3 25 91 8 51 154 .263 .320 .414 .734
PIT (3 yrs) 269 1050 961 125 289 62 2 36 152 5 59 190 .301 .353 .482 .835
NYY (2 yrs) 66 276 256 30 69 15 0 12 42 1 15 54 .270 .319 .469 .788
ARI (1 yr) 82 223 206 26 51 11 0 4 35 2 10 46 .248 .287 .359 .646
NYM (1 yr) 75 292 265 37 70 15 1 14 40 2 19 51 .264 .326 .487 .813
SFG (1 yr) 19 57 50 6 12 3 1 1 7 0 6 13 .240 .333 .400 .733
CHC (1 yr) 119 347 317 33 81 13 0 6 33 0 17 85 .256 .306 .353 .660
WSN (1 yr) 40 109 102 6 16 3 0 3 6 1 7 24 .157 .211 .275 .486
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/14/2013.