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Friday, June 26, 2009
Nady out; Yankees pat?


As George King reports, it looks like we won't have Xavier Nady to kick around anymore. Not this season, anyway: What would they do with a "bat," exactly? Swisher -- who took over when Nady got hurt in April -- is a switch-hitter who's equally effective against lefties and righties. Left fielder Johnny Damon is enjoying the finest season of his career. The corner infield positions are manned by two of the best hitters on the planet. And the Yankees' DH is Hideki Matsui, who isn't great and isn't going to be great, but is far from useless and is earning $13 million this season.

The Yankees being the Yankees, that $13 million isn't particularly relevant. If the Yankees picked up a right-handed bat, they could score a few extra runs, maybe win one more game or two. But that doesn't mean getting a "bat," per se. It just means going out and getting a "guy" who can hit left-handed pitching a little bit. Those guys are floating around, and Cashman can get one if he wants one.