The Rockies Sign Xavier Nady
Looking to add depth to their already crowded outfield (and perhaps first base) picture, the Colorado Rockies added a veteran piece over the weekend. Xavier Nady, notably a former player on the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, and San Francisco Giants more recently, has joined the Rockies and will start playing for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Playing for Triple-A Omaha in the Kansas City Royals system this season, Nady has done well, batting .310/.382/.486 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI. He only left the organization on the condition that he might find another team that could provide a Major League opportunity. The Rockies appear to provide that opportunity.
Nady. Image: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
A little over one year ago the Rockies added the now-shining Michael Cuddyer because they were in desperate need of right-handed power. Even with Cuddyer playing well and Wilin Rosario and Nolan Arenado producing from that side of the plate, the Rockies have apparently recognized the value in having depth in a very specific area: right-handed power.
If nothing else Nady might provide a much-needed ‘oomph’ off the bench as the season progresses. Either way, with 101 career home runs under his belt, Nady might carve out a niche for the Rockies if they are able to stay in the NL West race.