Jan
20

Yanks avoid arbitration with Xavier Nady

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According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, the Yanks and Xavier Nady have agreed to a $6.55 million salary for 2009. This is $0.55 million more than I had estimated. The Yanks still have Brian Bruney and Melky Cabrera on the agenda, though you have to figure those will get done relatively soon. The Yanks’ other arbitration case, Chien-Ming Wang, agreed to a $5 million contract last month.

I took down the salary cap post in favor of this. That one will re-appear shortly.

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  • The Evil Empire

    Well, Matt Holliday for 2010

    • Mike Pop

      No thanks.

      • The Evil Empire

        What!?
        Explain yourself?
        Why would you not want Matt Holliday?
        Want to give some rookies a chance to prove themselves?

        • Mike Pop

          He is looking at 90 to 120 mill probably. Not worth it.

          • Mike Pop

            Plus if I could get Adam Dunn now for 30 million, I’d much rather take him over Holliday for a quarter of the price. No questions asked.

            • Jay CT

              Absolutely. I do think Holliday is going to have a strong season, and he keeps himself in incredible shape, however, if you could get someone now like Dunn for a 1/4 of it, its worth it.

              Perhaps the down turn in the market takes Holliday’s value down a bit though, and with the Sox having an anti-Boras, and signing Bay long term, its possible Holliday winds up in NY, just maybe with the Mets.

    • http://twitter.com/OldRanger Old Ranger

      Not a chance and no to Dunn also. I see there are going to be a few FA next year, ones that are not afraid to play defence. We don’t need every position filled with big boppers. What we do need is good defence and avg.+ hitters. We have very good pitching, why not help them with guys that know how to play defence and can hit also.

      • Mike Pop

        Okay so what your saying is that you would rather keep Nady and at best get a season like in 08 with average defense and possibly 2 draft picks in return. Ya know what I would rather do? Get Dunn for that cheap, about 30 million over 3 at most and trade Nady for some young guys.

        So you want Nady+2 draft picks with avg defense>>Dunn+good prospects and less than avg defense but better than Abreu’s. It makes too much sense. Dunn is as consistent as they come, the guy mashes and him and CC are boys. 550 pounds of unattractiveness that I want on my team.

        Forgot who said that last line but to whoever it was I’m giving you credit.

        • http://twitter.com/OldRanger Old Ranger

          Don’t misunderstand me, I like Dunns’ bat but have you seen his “D” numbers? If we had him play DH all the time, ok but, why make our pitchers suffer with him in RF. We just got rid of one bad “D” guy, why add another.
          Teams aren’t all about hitting, to win, one needs defence and pitching. We have plenty of power bats; A-Rod, Tex, Matsui, Posada, Swisher and even Cano. What we need is good tight Big Time “D”.
          Also again, we would need to put someone off the 40 man (and watch him get picked up)…unless we can do a sign and move at the right time.

  • A.D.

    Not bad for Nady

  • Matthew

    Well, with 15 guy with known contracts, the yankee salary is $185,200,000. This doesn’t include 7 million dollars of buyouts for Giambi/Pavano (which I believe counts toward each team’s 2009 #) and player contracts for players such as melky and bruney who are due arbitration, and guys like Joba (and a few others) who are still in their rookie contracts.

    Doesn’t look like the Yanks will skate in under 200 million in 09.

  • D.B.H.O.F. p.k.a The Last Don

    I really do not see his trade value to teams before mid season.

    Why get him when you could get Dunn or Abreu for that sort of money per year possibly? The only way you want him is if you want a one year rental of a corner OF for more than 6.5 mill? Also you have to give up some quality for that?

    I think Nady plays for the Yanks this year and I think that is good because we need a deeper team and a bench to make it this year. Let Swisher get some time in both corners, 1st, DH and coming off the bench.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      I agree. Keeping both Nady and Swisher gives the Yanks some needed depth.

      I also think they could trade Nady for the right player. The advantage of him over Dunn or Abreu, I suppose, is that the Yanks could kick in a bit of cash.

      • pat

        I too am down with keeping the x man. If hes gone we’re one strained calf or pulled hammy from having melky cabrera as our starting LF, RF or DH in addition to brett gardner in CF. Unless he’s moved for an aaron harang type or a good young cf id keep the dude, Thats a pretty solid 4th outfielder.

        • Mike Pop

          I guess it is best to keep him. But I think we should take advantage of the market. If you could get Dunn for 2 or 3 years at 5 to 8 per, you should get on that. Then you could deal Nady and get prospects. It is a win win.

          • http://twitter.com/OldRanger Old Ranger

            Where is Dunn going to play? We have a good DH in Matsui. And the pitchers can hold the opposition down if, they have good defence.

            • Mike Pop

              RF and you trade Nady. That simple.

              • http://twitter.com/OldRanger Old Ranger

                What about defence, he has none? His numbers suck!

                • Mike Pop

                  Betta than Abreu’s.

  • Thomas

    With this contract, Nady has now made $13,715,000 in his 6 year career. Impressive.

    • Bruno

      We can only hope we were as crappy an ball player as he.

      • steve (different one)

        what are you talking about?

        • Mike Pop

          Baxter, you know I don’t speak spanish.

    • pat

      Another little known factoid: Xavier Nady didnt play a game in the minors before making his ML debut.

      • Mike Pop

        Really?

        • Matthew

          Yeah, he appeared in just 1 game, and then went down for a while.

        • Mike Pop

          That is funny actually. He got a hit in his first AB.

        • pat

          Word. He was sent down rather quickly, but due to some strange circumstances he was brought up before playing any games in the minors.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            The call up was negotiated into his contract when he signed after the draft. He was up in Sept., only got into one game, then started the next year in the minors as planned.

            • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

              Free health care for life, I’d be down with that.

            • AndrewYF

              Kinda sucks for that team, they have to burn an option year on him.

              • Mike Pop

                Suprised the Pads could afford it.

              • Jay CT

                Ah, Scott Boras at his finest!

              • steve (different one)

                i don’t think you burn an option if you call a player up in September, after rosters have expanded.

      • http://incumbentgm.wordpress.com The Third Yip-Yip

        The only other guy like that I can think of is Olerud.

        • Matthew

          X was the 18th player to do it…

        • Mike Pop

          Hermida hit a GS in his first AB.

          • Mike Pop

            Oops nevermind. misread the statement.

      • Steve B

        True, but not at all similar to Olerud. At age 21, Nady got a late inning pinch hit plate appearance in a blow out loss to the Dodgers in the 161st game of the 2000 season. He spent the entire 2001 and 2002 seasons (not to mention a large chunk of the 2004) in the minors.

        Olerud played his 1st minor league game at age 36.

        • Mike Pop

          Kinda weird.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Didn’t Dave Winfield go straight to the bigs too?

        • Matthew

          He was actually a decorated college player at UC Berkeley, and after his ML debut, he was the ROY and MVP of the California League, but missed most of ’02 with Tommy John surgery.

          He’s actually a pretty cool guy, pretty regular. I had a chance to get to know him pretty well through my job, and con honestly say he’s one of the ‘good guys’…

  • Jake H

    I hope that Nady is a Type A next season so we can gain back another pick. The question is do you lock up damon for a 1 year extension?

    • 27 this year

      i think you see but Damon and Nady could very well end up Type As with neither havnig a steep price in arb like Damon at 13 or Nady around 8 or 9. It isn’t like this year with Abreu making 16

      • Mike Pop

        Hmm makes ya wonder. If the economy is still bad it could play out in our favor. Maybe Damon takes arb and we get him on that 1 year deal.

    • pat

      If damon has another good and relatively healthy season I absolutely bring him back for 1 or 2 years. I don’t have the list in front of me, but outside holliday I don’t think next years bats are anything to get excited over.

      • Matthew

        Just maybe Vlad and Carl Crawford. I’d love Crawford as a replacement for Damon.

        • Mike Pop

          Everyone would love that idea. But he is getting his option picked up.

          • http://twitter.com/OldRanger Old Ranger

            I don’t think so, the rumor has it as No! Remember he has a low OBP…I believe. You may want to look him up. He can hit and very good for our LF, defensively. I’ve touted him a few times, I like what he brings to the table.

            • Mike Pop

              Ya ya ya, but they pick it up then they trade him if need be.

        • Whozat

          Crawford is, I think, a bit overrated. He doesn’t get on base enough to be an elite leadoff man, and doesn’t have so much pop that it’s ok. Speedy, good defense…but I think Damon has been more valuable over the last few years, despite his age.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Depends what Damon does this year, and what Posada does as well.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    I’ve got Nady projecting to be worth $7.7 million this year so good job, saving a million, Yankees.

  • Mike Pop

    Damn, speaking of arbitration. Howard asks for 18 million!

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