Coming into today’s action, here’s Xavier Nady’s BA/OBA/SLG line as a member of the New York Yankees: .268/.319/.468 (in 238 PA). These numbers are very close to Nady’s career marks for BA/OBA/SLG (as of today): .280/.335/.457 (in 2,425 PA).
Most in Yankeeland assume that Nady will be a full-time player for the Yankees next season – albeit in rightfield, leftfield, or even at first base. However, can the Yankees afford to play the X-man, everyday, if his BA/OBA/SLG line is in the ballpark of .275/.330/.460?
Well, that’s pretty much what Paul O’Neill did in 2001. However, at the time, Paul was 38-years old and in the last year of his career.
Basically, if Nady is going to bat in that range, he’s going to be an Eric Karros, Ty Wigginton, Bubba Trammell, or Kevin Mench type player. And, that’s nice…I suppose…if he’s going to be a role player on the team or someone who’s going to bat in the bottom third of the line-up.
It seems like the Yankees like Nady – and I expect him to be on the team next season. But, if the Yankees plan is to use Xavier as someone to hit in the heart of the order, and be someone that they’re counting on to be a main cog of their offense, then that may be a mistake.