Texas Has “Strong Interest” In Xavier Nady

Now that Justin Smoak is on his way to Seattle, Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Rangers are looking at Chicago's Xavier NadyChris Davis has already been called up from Triple-A to take over first base for Texas, though Davis was sent down in April due to his unimpressive .556 OPS in 53 plate appearances that necessitated Smoak's call-up earlier this season.

Nady, meanwhile, has a line of .233/.305/.361 line in 151 PA for the Cubs as he tries to recover from major elbow surgery last year.  Nady is the last man on the depth chart in a crowded Cubs outfield, and has about $1.6MM still owed to him from the one-year deal he signed with Chicago last January.  Nady can earn $2.05MM more due to games-played incentives, which the Rangers would also have to take into consideration should they have a more prominent role in mind for the veteran.

If Texas did acquire the right-handed hitting Nady, it would make sense to platoon him with the left-handed hitting Davis (who has a career .671 OPS against lefties).  The Rangers were, however, willing to install a rookie as the everyday first baseman when they called up Smoak, so it's reasonable to think that they'd still show some faith in Davis by letting him take some cuts against major league southpaws.  Davis had a whopping .958 OPS for Triple-A Oklahoma City so perhaps he's gotten his confidence back.


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24 Comments on "Texas Has “Strong Interest” In Xavier Nady"


RiverKKiller999
5 years 18 days ago

Damn,the Rangers are getting serious with thee trades today

Soxman17
5 years 18 days ago

Nady’s a bust-out. If he can’t hack it in the NL, how will he fare in the AL? He’s clearly not completely recovered from the elbow issues. Just doesn’t look like the same hitter this year.

cubs223425
5 years 18 days ago

Well, he’s not going to come out and be a .280 and 30 HR guy right off of surgery. I believe the original prognosis was that he’d start to get closer to full strength about this time, and he could probably do some damage in a fairly regular role.

M.Kit
5 years 18 days ago

imagine he would fairly cheap

j6takish
5 years 18 days ago

The Mariners should have sent less cash and the Rangers should have asked for Branyan

cubs223425
5 years 18 days ago

They sent the cash because the Rangers are broke. They would have had to send MORE money and taken another prospect.

baseball52
5 years 18 days ago

I’ll take anything from that Rangers farm. It’s all gold.

cubs223425
5 years 18 days ago

No joke. How about Nady for Davis? Hehe, that’d be nice.

baseball52
5 years 18 days ago

Their names are right next to each other in this article. Coincidence? I think not!!!!!! haha

studio179
5 years 18 days ago

Hmmm…sold! I about fell over laughing from that one! It’s a nice thought though.

stewie75
5 years 18 days ago

Hell- as a thank you for Byrd, they can have DLee and his salary covered if they want him.

5 years 18 days ago

As a Dodger fan, I’m rooting for the Rangers to beat the living daylights out of the Angels this season. The turn of events today pleases me.

5 years 18 days ago

Watching the dodgers do worse has to hurt even more.

5 years 16 days ago

What are you talking about? I’m a Dodger fan… pain should be my middle name? Nearly every day hurts.

Wrek305
5 years 18 days ago

Nady needs to go but shouldn’t be a top priority… Lee, Ramirez, Soriano, and Zambrano should be top trade Priority…since they won’t get much for them Lilly is there only value they have to trade..

Marcos
5 years 18 days ago

Doesn’t make sense to me! Why would the Rangers, who are now looking stronger and are willing to deal to make it this year, want a good player that’s recovering from surgery and won’t be any good until some time from now (1+ years)? Why not explore a trade for a better bat, such as Corey Hart or Prince Fielder, or even Lance Berkman? Fielder would be expensive but they could lobby new ownership to keep him or get some picks from arbitration. Berkman would be the cheapest and probably the best “bang for buck” and I’d think he’d be willing to go there, since he’s playing close to home, as well as on a very strong team with strong chances of being in the race.

sportsnut969
5 years 18 days ago

Well the indians have Shelly Duncan who is a right handed bat with power off the bench could platoon with Davis and he can also play both corner outfield spots, could be had for cheap and I’m sure the Rebuiding Indians would pick up the remain contract also.

Something like

David Paisano Or Michael Bianucci

Plus Leury Garcia

For Shelly Duncan in 88 AB’s 284 BA with 5 homers and 13 Rbi’s and Cash

Threat_Level_RedSox
5 years 17 days ago

Nolan Ryan is The guy Texas Needed, they finally have some one running the show that accually knows how to win, the next key for him is locking up Hamilton

5 years 17 days ago

Any chance that the Rangers have given up on Saltalamcia enogh ti give im up for Nady and maybe a prospect?

Wrek305
5 years 17 days ago

The Cubs need a decent catcher that can field and hit.. Soto is definitely not that guy.. he’s horrible

5 years 15 days ago

So you think we should replace Soto with Saltalamacchia? Soto is a career .268/.360/.464 who averages 22 HR/162 games, or if you want to look at only 2010 Soto is .284 /.407/.480 (by the way he has the 5th best average in the majors this year of any catcher with +200ABs) with with a guy (Saltalamacchia) that’s a career .251/.313/.388 that averages 16 HR/162 games. As for his season well he’s spend most of that (only 5 Big League ABs) in the minors hitting .241/.308/.422 at AAA.Seems like a good idea to me

5 years 15 days ago

So you think we should replace Soto with Saltalamacchia? Soto is a career .268/.360/.464 who averages 22 HR/162 games, or if you want to look at only 2010 Soto is .284 /.407/.480 (by the way he has the 5th best average in the majors this year of any catcher with +200ABs) with with a guy (Saltalamacchia) that’s a career .251/.313/.388 that averages 16 HR/162 games. As for his season well he’s spend most of that (only 5 Big League ABs) in the minors hitting .241/.308/.422 at AAA.Seems like a good idea to me

KingConan17
5 years 17 days ago

@sportsnut969……thats exactly the kind of low cost move for a versatile player the Rangers should make. Mike Bianucci is yours. If we gave up Paisano, that would mean we have only Brandon McCarthy to show for the Danks and Masset trade with the White Sox. Hopefully, Paisano can salvage that mess some day. Want Marcus Lemon instead of Leury Garcia? No? OK, we have Andrus entrenched at SS and many years left to play and Jurickson Profar(whom the Mariners didn’t take in Lee trade) AND Luis Sardinas in the low minors. You can have him. DEAL DONE!

cubs223425
5 years 18 days ago

Seeing as it’s (one would think) a 1B pickup that they want, those guys may not make sense.

Delgado’s probably the most reasonable, but since Davis is a lefty as well, he won’t do much good.

Dye hasn’t played all year and would have to go to the minors for probably 3-4 weeks to learn first and get his timing back.

Crede would be interesting. He’s a good defender, so he could possibly fit as a platoon 1B.