C800 2009 Yankees Outlook: RF

Chasing800 is going to look at each position and give you insight and opinion on the current situation and what may loom ahead. Today we will look at Right Field.

Right Field
This position belongs to Xavier Nady. He is the power threat of the three outfielders. After being acquired in July Nady provided some much needed pop the Yankee line-up. He hit .268 12 HR and 40 RBI in 59 games while in the Bronx. He has an above average arm and plays pretty good defense. His value to the team will be on offense. He combined for 25 HR and 97 RBI last year between the Yanks and Pirates so expect similar production this season. This is also his walk year, as he becomes a free agent at year's end. He's a hard nose player who likes to get dirty and is a player the Yankees need around. In a game last season at the Stadium he went off and recorded 6 RBIs in a game against the Angels, a show of his capabilities.

Nick Swisher will also see time behind Nady as he's the utility outfielder for the Yanks this season. Expect a spot start from him every now and then.

Chasing800 Prediction:
Nady has another solid season. He will almost certainly leave the Yanks when he becomes a free agent because he's a Scott Boras client and will command more money than the Yankees are willing to pay. I see a .278 23 HR 95 RBI from the X-Man this year with solid defense. His arm is not Bobby Abreu's but his hard nose effort and grind-it-0ut mentality will win us over in a full season...maybe just enough to bring him back for '10?? Let's see about that.

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