• Nady’s Not Coming Back

    Posted by on June 27th, 2009 · Comments (11)

    Via George King -

    The Post has learned Xavier Nady’s season is over and next year is in question, too.

    According to several teammates, the Yankees outfielder told them late Thursday night that his right elbow requires Tommy John surgery, a procedure that often takes 12-14 months recovery.

    Reached today, all Nady said was, “I am going to have a lot of time on my hands.”

    Nady, a free agent at the end of the season, felt something in the elbow in the third inning of a Triple-A rehab game Thursday night and removed himself two innings later. He plans on being at Citi Field today and is scheduled to see Dr. Lewis Yocum in California. Yocum performed the same surgery on Nady in 2001.

    According to the Nady, “There was no reason to do tests” today.

    Wow, a year later, that trade for Marte and Nady is not looking so good. Well, maybe, there’s a silver lining here? If the Yankees make the post-season this year, maybe they can use having Marte or Nady on the D.L. and pull one of those “K-Rod clause” moves and request permission from the commissioner’s office to replace someone on the post-season roster with a player from the minor league system, if it makes sense?

    Comments on Nady’s Not Coming Back

    1. June 27th, 2009 | 12:42 am

      The book on this trade isnt closed yet. Marte could still come back for the second half of the season to help build the strength down in the pen for the stretch, and come the offseason, you may see Nady come back on an arbitration offer.

      Id still stick by the trade at the time 10 times out of 10… and its not like Jose Tabata is really making us miss him over in the Pittsburgh system to make it burn.

    2. Evan3457
      June 27th, 2009 | 7:39 am

      Well, it’s not as if you can predict that both players will suffer serious injuries at the time the deal is made.

      Neither one had a history of repeated injuries. Nady’s original injury happened seven years ago, He’s had some minor injuries since, but no trouble with the original elbow blowouot until this year. Marte had pitched in 65 games or more for the last seven years before this one.

      Sometimes, you make a sensible deal, and it doesn’t work.

    3. Evan3457
      June 27th, 2009 | 7:48 am

      On the other hand, the good news is:

      More Nick Swisher!

      :)

    4. Raf
      June 27th, 2009 | 7:58 am

      Not only that, the Nady trade filled a need that the Yanks had.

    5. MJ
      June 27th, 2009 | 9:26 am

      you may see Nady come back on an arbitration offer
      ———
      Why would the Yanks offer him arbitration and the salary award that goes with that if he’s most likely going to miss most of next year too? I find it highly unlikely that Nady would turn down the approximately $7-8M he’d make by accepting such an offer and instead try to find a better contract in free agency as a rehabbing player.

      The Yanks will let Nady go because there’s no other choice.

    6. June 27th, 2009 | 9:54 am

      @ MJ:
      the timetable for a positional player isnt the same as a pitcher trying to come back from TJ surgery.

      and i think it would be premature for anyone to try and predict what the market will bear for OFers come next offseason. 1 year at $7-8 million might not be a bad deal, especially if they think he can come back for 4 months and play well for the team the second half of the season.

      or they can always offer arbitration, and then either trade him midseason, or let him rebuild his value and get picks for him after 2010.

      nothing would be a guarantee at this point.

    7. MJ
      June 27th, 2009 | 10:21 am

      @ TurnTwo:
      I agree that one can’t predict what the market will look like this winter but I think we can begin to formulate ideas on the market. Considering Vlad, Bay and Holliday are the three biggest names, Nady probably wouldn’t out-earn those three guys. Furthermore, now that he’s hurt, I’d imagine that depresses his value even more. $7M would seem to be too much given what I think the market will look like.

      The risk in offering arbitration is that the player will accept. I don’t think he’s good enough to bother with. Heck, we don’t even know if he’d be designated as a Type A or Type B (or nothing at all) to even make it worth offering him arbitration anyway.

    8. June 27th, 2009 | 10:42 am

      @ MJ:

      But at this point, i may rather try out rehabbed Nady on a non-committal one year deal than offer big money/multi year deals to any of those three players you name.

      And if you consider or anticipate what the Yankees OF currently looks like in 2010, the Yankees might have to be a little creative in what they do and how they put together their team with the assets they have under their control.

    9. Raf
      June 27th, 2009 | 11:39 am

      TurnTwo wrote:

      But at this point, i may rather try out rehabbed Nady on a non-committal one year deal than offer big money/multi year deals to any of those three players you name.

      Given how contracts have gone during the last offseason, I wouldn’t worry about big money/multiyear deals.

    10. June 27th, 2009 | 12:05 pm

      @ Raf:

      Sure, but even 3/$36 million for Holliday or Bay is still much more of a commitment than 1/$8 on Nady.

    11. MJ
      June 27th, 2009 | 2:19 pm

      Sure, but even 3/$36 million for Holliday or Bay is still much more of a commitment than 1/$8 on Nady.
      ——
      I’m not a fan of tying up a lot of years or money for either of those guys but I’d take a 3Y/$36M deal for either over one more year of Nady any day. Nady’s league average, always has been and always will be. Having said that, there’s very little chance that Bay signs for that little. Given how poorly Holliday has played this year outside of Coors, Bay is now the premier position player available in free agency this winter and he probably pushed his price tag higher than Holliday by a good margin.

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