Posted on: August 17, 2011 8:19 pm
PHILADELPHIA -- This is how fast Kevin Towers moves:
When Diamondbacks first baseman Xavier Nady had his hand broken by a Dillon Gee pitch last Friday night, Towers was on the phone to Lyle Overbay's agent before the game was even over.
This is how much Overbay wanted to join the Diamondbacks:
"I told them, 'I'll leave tonight,'" he said. "I said, 'I'll drive.'"
From Centralia, Wash. To Phoenix.
Hey, it's only 1,400 miles.
"I'd have brought my family," Overbay said. "We'd have shared the driving."
Needless to say, he didn't have to drive. But he was in a Diamondbacks uniform the very next afternoon, not even 24 hours after Nady was hurt.
And in his first start for Arizona, Overbay drove in all three runs in a 3-2 win over the Phillies' Roy Halladay, including the two-run ninth-inning double that gave the Diamondbacks the win.
Posted on: January 26, 2010 1:06 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2010 2:03 pm
The Cubs have a deal with free-agent outfielder Xavier Nady, CBSSports.com has confirmed. The deal will pay him $3.3 million, plus incentives.
Nady, who missed almost all of last season after elbow surgery, fills the Cubs' need for a right-handed hitting outfielder. The 31-year-old Nady returns to the National League, where he spent most of his career before he was traded to the Yankees in the middle of the 2008 season. Nady played just seven games last year for the Yankees.
Nady's deal was reported earlier by SI.com and Yahoo! Sports.
Posted on: July 26, 2008 12:38 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2008 2:03 pm
The Dodgers have agreed to a trade with Cleveland for third baseman Casey Blake, CBSSports.com has confirmed.
The Indians will pay part of Blake's $6.1 million contract.
The trade, announced early Saturday afternoon, sends catcher Carlos Santana and right-hander Jon Meloan to the Indians. Santana is the key to the deal for the Indians. In 99 games this season at Class A Inland Empire, he's hitting .323 with 14 home runs, 96 RBIs and more walks than strikeouts.
Blake has been hot over the last month, with a .347 average, four home runs and 12 RBIs in his last 21 games. The Dodgers had been looking for a shortstop, but with the market thin at that position, they shifted their focus and obtained Blake to play third base and give them an offensive boost.
Dodger third basemen have batted .245 with seven home runs and 46 RBIs. All three totals are among the lowest in the majors this year.
Blake has been coveted by several teams, in part because of his ability to play multiple positions. He's played third and first for the Indians this year, and as recently as 2006 he played 93 games in the outfield.
The trade is more bad news for the Mets, who had pursued Blake as an outfielder and had also tried to trade for Xavier Nady, who was instead dealt from Pittsburgh to the New York Yankees Friday night. The Mets could turn to Seattle outfielder Raul Ibanez, who they've already discussed, even though they would prefer to acquire a right-handed hitter.
The Mets have been hindered in trade talks by their lack of depth in position-player prospects.
"There's only one position player in the system," said one scout who knows the Mets organization.
The player he referred to is outfielder Fernando Martinez, who is at Double-A Binghamton but has been out of the lineup with a right hamstring strain.
Posted on: July 26, 2008 11:57 am
Edited on: July 26, 2008 12:56 pm
There's been a change in the widely reported trade between the Pirates and Yankees.
The deal is still on, and the teams have now confirmed that Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte are going to the Yanks. And 19-year-old outfielder Jose Tabata is still the centerpiece of the package going to the Pirates, as is Ross Ohlendorf. But instead of George Kontos and Phil Coke, the Pirates are getting a pair of 25-year-old right-handers who have been pitching at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: Jeff Karstens and Dan McCutchen.
Not sure yet why the switch was made, but since Coke and Kontos were viewed as the third and fourth players in the deal, it doesn't change the picture drastically.
Karstens has some big-league experience, having pitched eight games with the Yankees in 2006 and six games last year. He's 6-4 with a 3.80 ERA this year at SWB. McCutchen began this season at Double-A Trenton, where he was 4-3 with a 2.55 ERA. At SWB, he's 4-6 with a 3.58 ERA.
Karstens confirmed this morning to the Newark Star-Ledger that he and McCutchen are now part of the reworked deal. He told the paper's Ed Price that he was told at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Posted on: July 25, 2008 10:07 pm
So now can we stop with the Barry Bonds talk in the Bronx?
Apparently Hank Steinbrenner was something of a Barry fan, and he let everyone know it. And Bonds' agent told SI.com that Bonds could "make the difference between the Yankees going to the World Series or not making the playoffs at all."
It's true that Nady is 687 career home runs behind Bonds. It's true that Nady, a decent player but never an All-Star, couldn't match Bonds in any facet of the game -- when Bonds was in his prime. But Bonds hasn't played all year, hasn't even been taking batting practice lately and is a huge negative in the outfield.
And, of course, Nady has the added benefit of not being under indictment.
As a right-handed hitter, Nady helps balance the Yankee lineup much better than Richie Sexson could. He allows them to let Jorge Posada go have his surgery, allows them to use Johnny Damon as the designated hitter or sit Melky Cabrera, and he even allows them the option of allowing Bobby Abreu to leave as a free agent this winter. The Yankees will have Nady under control for next year.
Marte could be just as big an addition, because the Yankees have been going without a left-hander in the bullpen. Left-handed relief help has been a big commodity on this month's trade market, and scouts will tell you that Marte was one of the best available options.
"(The Pirates) could get anything they want for Marte right now," one baseball official told me Thursday.
So how did the Pirates do in this deal? It's always hard to say, when you're dealing with prospects. We all want to make snap judgements on the players in deals like this, and sometimes we forget that the teams involved have spent weeks scouting them and making their decisions.
That doesn't mean they couldn't have made a mistake. It's just that we won't know for months or probably years whether they've done well or not. The key piece in this deal seems to be outfielder Jose Tabata.
On the one hand, his value has gone down some over the last year, because of concerns about injuries and immaturity. On the other hand, he's a 19-year-old already playing in Double-A, and a year ago the Yankees probably wouldn't have been willing to trade him for anyone.
Not even for Barry Bonds.
Posted on: July 23, 2008 4:02 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2008 7:26 pm
The Phillies, who had been among the more aggressive teams pursuing Colorado closer Brian Fuentes, have shifted their attention to Pittsburgh left-hander John Grabow and Baltimore lefty George Sherrill, according to sources.
Phillies special assistant Charley Kerfeld has been in Houston watching the Pirates, and the Phillies had three different scouts in to watch the Orioles during their current homestand. While the Phillies have also shown interest in Pittsburgh outfielder Xavier Nady, a deal for Grabow is considered a much stronger possibility.
As for Fuentes, there's still some question about whether the Rockies will trade him. Even if they do, the Phillies now consider him too expensive in terms of the players they would have to give up.
The Orioles seem increasingly likely to trade Sherrill. The Baltimore Sun reported that both St. Louis and Milwaukee have shown interest, but the Angels might have a better chance to get him by offering shortstop Erick Aybar. As one scout who has followed the Orioles said: "Baltimore is dying for a shortstop, and Aybar could be a regular for them."
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has told people that his phone has been ringing off the hook since Sherrill pitched so well in the All-Star Game last week.
"That's who he needs to pitch with, because he needs runs," the scout said. "He's another Bill Bavasi mistake. If the Mariners can get rid of Washburn, they should. If they get rid of him, that would help whoever gets that (Seattle GM) job next year."
The Mets know they have little chance of winning without closer Billy Wagner, and they also know there's no way they have enough chips to trade for someone who could successfully replace Wagner if he can't pitch. That's why they still list a corner outfielder, preferably one who bats right-handed, as their primary need, with relief help and even another starting pitcher behind that.
The Mets have talked about Nady and also Jason Bay, but it's doubtful they have enough to get either one from the Pirates. It might be more realistic to think that they could get Casey Blake from Cleveland, or Austin Kearns from Washington. Seattle's Raul Ibanez has also been discussed, even though he bats left-handed.
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