So far this winter we haven’t heard a lot about Xavier Nady. Sure his name gets tossed around once and a while on blogs or message boards, but by and large he has been overlooked.
He’s been overlooked by Yankees general manager Brian Cashman who has met with the agents of Andy Pettitte and Hideki Matsui, but as far as I know if he’s met with Scott Boras, Nady’s agent, they probably spent most of their time discussing his other client, Johnny Damon.
That probably means that Nady, at the very least, is not Plan A for the Yankees. If he is part of the plan at all maybe Cashman should start keeping in touch because, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves have shown interest in the 31-year-old outfielder.
O’Brien notes something that should be obvious, that since he’s a Boras client this is sure to move slow. That’s usually true, but this is not the first time the Braves have shown interest in him and they’re in need of an outfield bat, especially after DFA’ing outfielder Ryan Church. For most of last offseason we heard rumors connecting him to the Braves to Nady. Combine that with the fact that he missed most of last season and it could be a situation where he is motivated to find a job.
Maybe not though. It’s possible he doesn’t sign until March. We’ll keep you updated. What are your thoughts on Nady?