Free Agent Option: Xavier Nady

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, December 06, 2010 12:56 PM | Comments: 121

Now that Jayson Werth has moved on to the Washington Nationals, it’s time for the Phillies to get serious about landing a replacement for the vacancy in right field.

Just two years removed from 25 home runs and 97 RBI, outfielder Xavier Nady is looking for a home. He put those numbers together with the Pirates and Yankees in 2008, then lost nearly the entire 2009 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Nady’s 2010 season was a disappointment, although it was not unexpected, as he hit just .256 with six home runs in 347 plate appearances with the Chicago Cubs.

At 32-years old, Nady could be a cheap reclamation project even though Phillies supporters don’t want to take a step backward with the offense. Going from Werth to a Nady/Brown platoon would certainly equal such a move in the wrong direction, but for the price Nady would come at, it wouldn’t be the world’s worst move. Nady has some pop and after a full season to heal from the elbow reconstruction, perhaps he’ll be able to find that once again.

Playing for an awful Cubs team certainly didn’t help his value, either. Hitting within an offense that ranked 10th in runs and 10th in OPS could have been part of the reason Nady’s numbers were sapped. He also may not have been completely healthy. Whatever the case, he won’t be asking for very much on the open market and could be a viable option to platoon.

How is he against lefties you ask? Nady hits .297 for his career against southpaws with a decent .818 OPS. Not Werth-like, but not bad either.

Chances: Two out of 10 Ruben Head’s for Xavier Nady as a Phillie. I wouldn’t mind the cheap signing, but he’s a major fallback option and shouldn’t be looked at as anything more than a platoon player with the hope that he could surprise you and find the talent he flashed a few seasons ago.

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  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Find a 1-year fix for RF (whether that’s Willingham, Nady, Diaz, or just platooning Francisco and Dom –which is really starting to grow on me). As Don mentioned earlier in this thread, I rather see the Phillies extend guys like Hamels and Utley… Once Raul leaves after 2011, we can reevaluate our OF situation. No need to get desperate and kill the team’s financial flexibility with a multi-year deal at this point, in my opinion.

  • Posts: 0 Dan

    I don’t mind this move. He used to be a really good hitter. Maybe he recovers from the injury and returns to top form for us. There is risk involved in every player.

  • Posts: 0 psujoe


    If you’d trade Utley why not trade him to an AL team to get prospects to flip to AZ for Upton. MAy have to sweeten the deal a little. Then Sign Beltre to play 3rd, move Polanco to Second.

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    u will not win with raul, vic, and fran as your outfielders. not even close. losing werth hurts. bottom line. that power hitting right handed bat. kills you. also that howard contract cripples this team for years.

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    I don’t know why no-one else here is even wondering why a team that needs him and can afford him AND would be a PR nightmare if they traded is available… Players like that don’t just suddenly become available in their early twenties unless there’s something wrong with their body or head…

    Trade option Ryan Doumit? Available and has played RF (remember Werth came up as a catcher)

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    How is the Howard deal crippling??? He’s signed for something 3 years past his arbitration ones not something like 7 years after he hits free agency…

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    jeff thinks that what they pay the bat boy cripples this team.

  • Posts: 0 brooks

    @ Ted, a couple of post ago you said: “It’s time for RAJ to do something creative, because this lineup will struggle even more in 2011 as it stands now.”

    I have trouble buying that but it happens to be a reality. This past year was proof of how anything can happen. The Phils run scoring draught was painful and disheartening. And yet, for the most part proven stars like Howard, Vic, Werth, Raul were all in the lineup for most of the season and just couldn’t get it done. It was a gargantuan effort by our starting pitching that took us as far as we got.

    We need our offense back, badly. With the offense intact, this team will be virtually unstoppable. Whether its Willingham, Diaz or nobody at all, if the so called ‘core’ of this team starts hitting, this club will be dominant.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Just Because the Nationals are morons, outbid themselves, and are overpaying Jayson Werth … does not mean that a .272 hitter in Justin Upton is a bargain or a good deal making over $10 M per season..

    Upton is “cheap” this year… next year is debatable at almost $7 M, because nobody has any idea how good of a player he will or won’t become . . . his brother was also supposed to be the next great player, and he’s overrated with a terrible attitude

    People aren’t seriously posting things like Trade Utley for Prospects for Upton .. and THEN sign Beltre . . . this isn’t fantasy baseball, or MLB THE SHOW video games.. what is the point in posting over the top scenarios that have no chance of happening. .

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    I dunno. Upton is very good. However, I think we will sign Franceour, then try and trade Ibanez and then see if a big impact move can be made.

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Don M- Didn’t quite realise it averaged that much money that quickly in Upton’s contract.

    There’s been rumblings about his attitude and now the D-Backs are fielding offers for their young star… Somethings rotten in Denmark for sure.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Don’t get me wrong…. Upton’s a hell of a player/talent… I’d imagine he can be an All Star for years to come .. but he makes a lot at the end of that contract , and you would have to give up so much to get him that it just makes it insane to think anything could happen

    How about Charlie Manuel quoted as saying he can fix Jeff Franceour’s swing..

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    Boy! Talking about a baseball fantasy thread here (chuckles). Just about every poster here is a wannabe GM trading players left and right. In the real world, GM Amaro is looking for bullpen help (replacements for Romero and Durbin) and perhaps add depth to the bench, especially a RH bat. There is a “No Vacancy” sign posted in RF (smile) because both Amaro and Manuel have expressed confidence in Francisco (RH) and Brown (LH) in playing RF.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    If Charlie said that….I believe him.

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    If the Phils go into the season with an OF of Ibanez, Vic, Ben Fran, Brown and Gload it will be a huge downgrade from last years team. Not sure that’s how I’d go into the season.

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    RAJ is up to something even if it’s not a blockbuster. No way he goes into the season with those 5 as the OFs especially since Brown probably starts the season in AAA.

  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    Once again, Justin Upton at ages 23-27 will be far more productive than Jayson Werth at ages 32-36. Check back with me after 2015 and we’ll review the stats. Those five years that he’s signed for come at a great bargain.

    Also, the only reason that Towers even entertains moving Upton is because he can fill several holes that way. There’s no other commodity on his team that could bring back as much talent.

    Not every player that is talked about in a trade scenario is some sort of “problem”. There are actual baseball reasons why teams match up in trades. Go figure.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  • •Interestingly, Amaro spoke of a potential platoon in right field involving Ben Francisco and Ross Gload – not mentioning Domonic Brown, who hit just .069 in nine Dominican Winter Ball games before returning home last week. Asked if he would prefer Brown to play every day than split time in the big leagues, Amaro said, “If we had our druthers we’d rather put Domonic in a position to get the at-bats that he kind of lost last year and prepare himself to improve his outfield play, base running, etc. In a perfect world, we don’t need Domonic to make our club, unless he really pushes us, unless he shows us in Spring Training that he’s ready to take that next step.”

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    shut up chuck. overgrown animals do not derserve to make millions. thats what these guys are. werth he is just a caveman. like my buddy the met fan said. werth is not even on the level below the top. maybe the next down. a nice 3 year 30 million dollar player. hope he gets hurt again. chuck enjoy your date with the sis

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Juan Rivera talk at $5.25 million. Yuck.

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Interesting talk. Royals want Kyle Dravek, Travis Snider and possibly more for Greinke. If you’re the Jays do you do it?

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