"He understands what it's like to play here," Yankee manager Joe Girardi said of Nady. "It took him a couple of days to get used to his surroundings, but he had a great week for us. That's why we went and got him."
Nady was especially dominant in the recent four-game series against the Angels. He went 7-for-11 with two home runs and seven RBIs in that series, saving the best for last. On Sunday, Nady drove in a career-high six runs while going 4-for-5 with a double and a home run in New York's 14-9 victory.
"He's a big-time player," Johnny Damon said. "I might have been one of the happiest ones here when we got the trade, because I've seen him over the years just being a [pain] for all the teams that he hits against."
Nady secures his second weekly award of the season; he also won during the first week of the season while in Pittsburgh.
Aviles' honor continues a meteoric rise for a player who earlier this season did not appear in the short-term or long-term plans for Kansas City. But since securing the starting shortstop position in June, he has been dynamite, batting .340 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs.
His continued prosperity at the plate was taken to new levels last week, when Aviles hit .577 (15-for-26) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and five RBIs. He also posted a 1.000 slugging percentage and .593 on-base percentage.
Aviles' offensive exploits spurred the Royals to a 5-1 record while playing the A's and White Sox. During a three-game series at Oakland (July 28-30), he went 8-for-14 with a home run and two RBIs. He then went 7-for-12 with a home run and three RBIs against the White Sox (August 1-3).
Aviles, a New York native, took home his first career weekly award.
Other nominees included Nady's Yankees teammate, outfielder Bobby Abreu (.444 avg., 1.000 SLG., 3 2B, 4 HR and 9 RBI) and Indians catcher Kelly Shoppach (.440 avg., 1.120 SLG., 5 2B, 4 HR and 6 RBI).
Nominated pitchers included two of Aviles' Kansas City teammates; right-hander Zack Greinke (2-0, 2.63 ERA, 13 2/3 innings, 17 K's) and closer Joakim Soria (four appearances, 4 2/3 innings, 4 SV). Toronto's A.J. Burnett (2-0, 2.84 ERA, 12 2/3 innings, 14 K's), Cleveland's Paul Byrd (2-0, 0.61 ERA, 14 2/3 innings) and Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 1.17 ERA, 1 CG, 15 1/3 innings) were also considered.
Aviles and Nady will each be presented with luxury engraved Swiss Tourneau timepieces in recognition of their achievements as Players of the Week.