Despite going balls to the wall in their acquisition of Cliff Lee late yesterday, the Texas Rangers apparently aren’t done making moves. They might like to add a first baseman after moving Justin Smoak, and that first baseman might be Xavier Nady.
The Cubs are in a listening mode for other veterans, including outfielder/first baseman Xavier Nady. The Rangers have strong interest in Nady after trading their first baseman for Lee. ESPN Chicago.
No source is given for this “strong interest” line, but I suppose it wouldn’t be shocking. Still, Nady is owed another $1.6 million (plus $2 million if he reaches a games played incentive – though I can’t seem to find what that number of games is), and the Rangers are massively cash-strapped due to their bankruptcy. They were able to take on just $2 million of Cliff Lee’s salary.
Further, they’ve called up youngster Chris Davis, who was rocking it at AAA, to play first base. So they may not be as hard up for a guy like Nady – who hasn’t yet started hitting consistently and isn’t a first baseman by trade – as you might think.