When the Mets were apparently steamrolling their way to a World Series title (lol) in 2006, they flipped outfielder Xavier Nady to the Pirates for reliever Roberto Hernandez and throw-in Oliver Perez. A taxi accident involving setup man Duaner Sanchez necessitated the deal.
Mets fans, by and large, were pissed at Sanchez for being in a Miami-area taxi at 2 a.m. and equally upset the Mets had given up on Nady, whom they had taken a liking to. Fans in general tend to favor mediocre players who distinguish themselves with the occasional big play (see: Chavez, Endy).
Prior to joining the Mets and Bucs, Nady was a touted prospect in the Padres’ organization who never realized his potential.
2008, his age 29 season, was a breakout campaign, of sorts, for Nady, enjoying a previously unseen spike in on-base tendencies and power.
This drew the attention of the cherry picking Yankees, who, in looking to bolster their roster, dealt for Nady.
Then came this offseason, one which saw the Yankees first trade for 1B/OF/DH Nick Swisher and then sign first baseman Mark Teixeira. Now, rumors abound the Yanks will trade either Nady or Swisher — probably Nady, due in part to his career season and Swisher’s defensive flexibility.
X-Man, welcome to the ranks of the journeymen.