Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Nady to Mets?!?!?!
By Blogger

This is a first. I'm posting from work. Because I'm pissed as hell.

It looks like Xavier Nady is headed to the Mets for Mike Cameron.

This has to be a New York Media(tm) hoax, right? First, Sandy Alderson and Kevin Towers inexplicably imported the Vinny Castilla Experience even though Xavier Nady should have been given a chance to claim the hot corner. Now, they're going to trade their best young power hitter for an outfielder on the wrong side of thirty whose hallmark is rangy defense? Good God.

Mets fans: rejoice. Congratulations to Omar Minaya for building potentially the best young heart of the order since the Junior-ARod-Edgar glory days in Seattle. Fans of other NL West teams: rejoice (Only a little bit. I'm also about to explain why you should be pissed, too...). The reigning division champs are dismantling in the most puzzling way possible, trading away cornerstones for flying buttresses. Fans of every team outside of San Diego and Met-Land: bombard your team's front office with queries as to why they weren't in on the bidding for Nady. Every team could use a corner outfielder and/or third baseman and/or first baseman, and if Cameron was all it took, as good as he's been, I'm sure your team could've put together a better deal.


Blogger Ben Valentine said...

First time I tried to comment didn't work, so let's try this again...

Got to agree here David, I love Nady's potential. He actually moves to a better hitter's park and he's versatile; he can play first, right or left, positions the Mets could use some depth at. My fear is that Mets turn around and deal him though.

Plus not to toot my own horn, but I speculated this deal could happen a week ago in a comment about the Ramirez rumors at the Roto Authority:

(Copy and paste the link, I couldn't directly link it)

Maybe I should be on ESPN Insider. Doesn't that give me more deals right than Gammons?

6:10 PM  
Blogger Bryan Koch said...

What am I missing here? The guy's career OBP is .320. Wasn't that exactly the Mets' problem last year?

He also posted a .223/.270/.431 split against right-handed pitching last year.

I think they could have gotten more. I'll bet the Yankees would have given up more for Cameron, for one.

6:23 PM  
Blogger David Arnott said...

Bryan, the Mets gain more than just about any other team could because it'll be a HUGE upgrade over what they got at 1B last year (even if they move Floyd there and put Nady in the OF... whatever), and it'll more than make up for the disparity between Cameron '05 and Diaz '06. Besides, if you believe Nady will get better if given a real chance to play every day, it's a slam dunk for the Mets. Don't worry about the Yankees. Don't you want to see them get Furcal to be their CF, Nomar to play 2B and have Jeter become arguably the fourth-best shortstop on the team?

6:54 PM  
Blogger Bryan Koch said...

Dave, what are you talking about? Jeter won the Gold Glove this year. Therefore he's the best fielding shortstop in the American League, if not the world.

I simply can't believe the Mets expect Nady to be an everyday guy. I think the likelier scenario is a platoon with Mike Jacobs.

I'm just amazed that they couldn't get more. They really couldn't pry away Otskuka?

7:08 PM  
Blogger Bryan Koch said...

Metsblog speculates that Nady could be the final piece to the deal we've been reading about forever, in which the Mets receive Huff and Baez from Tampa Bay.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Zachary Geballe said...

Yeah, I'm kinda on board with Koch here. I know David saw Nady play in person, so maybe he knows more than me...but then again, considering you've been waving that sabrmetrics banner pretty proudly for years, I find that hard to believe. Why exactly is Nady going to be so good? I'd like to know.

7:26 PM  
Blogger David Arnott said...

Minor league stats = Flippin' sweet

7:45 PM  
Blogger David Arnott said...

Sorry. I'm really going to lay off the posting... I just came across an interesting possibility on McCovey Chronicles. Think bigger than Tampa Bay. Think about Nady as the final part of a deal with Boston. In that scenario, he fills their need at 1B for Millar, Youkilis takes over at 3B for Mueller, Manny comes to NY, and Manny's money gets Milton Bradley (aka Carl Everett II) because they can have him for a song and re-sign him, AND a new left fielder like Giles.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Zachary Geballe said...

It's true that Nady's only had 775 major league at-bats...and yes, his minor league stats are impressive. I do think that the Mets should hang on to him. Huff is an intriguing player who should be about to enter his prime, but he also was terrible in 2005 (at least compared to past years). Besides, with Reyes, Wright, Milledge and others still very young, why not try and stay that way?

7:54 PM  
Blogger Ben Valentine said...

You know me Zach, I want them to give Nady a shot. Young guy with great minor league numbers getting out of PETCO... And the Mets have plenty of places to stick him without dealing anyone, so they could easily get him 450 ABs. Of course I also wouldn't mind if they sent Floyd off in a deal since the odds of him repeating last season aren't good.

As I've said before, the best years of this Mets team is yet to come. Hopefully Omar realizes that and keeps Nady around. Add Ramon Hernandez to this mix and you've got a lineup of Reyes, Beltran, Wright, Floyd, Nady, Hernandez and Diaz/Jacobs. There's a lot of offensive potential in that group. I might even consider going to war with that lineup without making another move... Yes I'd even leave Kaz Matsui at second.

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nady has some potential, but after seeing him flounder around here in S.D. the past few seasons, I can tell you he's nothing special. Both sides of the trade got what they wanted, but the Mets gave up more value for less return - I hope for their sake that Nady will seal the deal for Huff/Baez, but that seems unlikely considering T.B.'s needs.

4:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A better word for Nady's minor league stats would be "uneven."

9:39 AM  

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