Sunday, December 2, 2007

Nady on the Market

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates are ready and willing to trade 1B/OF Xavier Nady. If they get any offers at the winter meetings this week, they will more than likely non-tender him before the arbitration deadline on December 12. Nady hit .274 with 20 HR and 74 RBIs last year for the Pirates, and was one of the few bright spots in the lineup. The Pirates and the Indians are in talks for a Nady-Kelly Shoppach swap, but nothing is imminent at this point.

From the Mets perspective, especially with how lefty-heavy their lineup is right now, trying to acquire Nady might not be a bad idea. The newly-acquired Ryan Church could easily be packaged in any deal for a top-notch starter, which would leave the Mets with an open spot in the outfield for Nady.

Expect frequent postings throughout this week with all of the buzz at the winter meetings in Nashville. Buster Olney has already laid out what he thinks might happen at the meetings. While Olney's opinion should always be taken with a grain of salt, he provides some interesting ideas at least. (Note: Reading Olney's article might require you to have an ESPN Insider account.)

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