Friday, July 25, 2008

Xavier Nady Deal Clouds Barry Bonds Picture

The Yankees trade of four minor leaguers to acquire Pirates outfielder Xavier Nady appears to cloud the outlook for the team to acquire free agent home run king Barry Bonds, as a key impetus of the theoretical Bonds deal was to have been the avoidance of giving up prospects.

Though the Yankees had virtually confirmed a recent MLBnewsonline report that the Yankees were contemplating a contract for Bonds, it would appear that the Nady deal might have superseded other considerations, especially since the team traded away coveted young pitcher Ross Ohlendorf, plus additional prospects Jose Tabata, Phil Coke and another, unnamed minor leaguer, according to SI.com's Jon Heyman.

As a matter of course the consummation of the deal awaits a medical evaluation of all the players.

Nady -- in the midst of a career year with 13 homers and 57 RBI while hitting .330 -- bats right-handed, meaning that the Yankees still might want Bonds to hit from the left side of the plate. But just exactly what the team is up to now would be anyone's guess.

Before the deal had been reported, Co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner confirmed the team had been discussing Bonds, but indicated the former Giant was only one of a number of options, according to the Associated Press.

An inside source previously had told MLBnewsonline that a Bonds contract had been drafted, but that it would not be tendered until it became clear that right fielder Hideki Matsui would be out for the season. Matsui is still attempting to avoid season ending surgery, and will reach a crossroads in about one more week, according to various published reports.

In addition to Nady, the Yankees also will acquire reliever Damaso Marte from the Pirates.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

With this trade, it also gives the perfect alibi for the yankees on reasons why they didn't offer bonds the job...

With nady and marte, they have pretty much shown that it was way better than signing the 44 year old, plus with the hopes of signing nady next year...

many of the owner may have to provide reason/logic for avoiding bonds and if the owners were working together..

this week is the important week with trade deadline.. if bonds even gets a contract from any team. after this week, he will no be on any team this year..

Anonymous said...

then again, the non-waiver deadline is of no consequence in
Bonds case, if I understand it correctly.

Anonymous said...

then again, the non-waiver deadline is of no consequence in
Bonds case, if I understand it correctly.

Anonymous said...

then again, the non-waiver deadline is of no consequence in
Bonds case, if I understand it correctly.

Anonymous said...

then again, the non-waiver deadline is of no consequence in
Bonds case, if I understand it correctly.

Anonymous said...

then again, the non-waiver deadline is of no consequence in
Bonds case, if I understand it correctly.

Anonymous said...

then again, the non-waiver deadline is of no consequence in
Bonds case, if I understand it correctly.

Anonymous said...

We heard you the first time.