Nats sign Nady to Minor League deal

The Nationals signed Xavier Nady to a Minor League deal recently. He will spend the entire Spring Training in Minor League camp and will start the season with Triple A Syracuse.

Nady is a person who can play the corner outfield positions and first and third base. When healthy, Nady can be a productive hitter. His last productive season was in 2008 when he hit a combined .305 with 25 home runs and 97 RBIs.

In two out of the next three years, Nady has had serious injuries. In 2009, he had Tommy John surgery and fractured his hand last season.

General manager Mike Rizzo said the Nationals watched Nady work out in California before signing him to a contract.

“He will be on the Minor League side getting his swings in, trying to get into baseball shape and we’ll take it from there,” Rizzo said about Nady. “He has been an accomplished Major League player in the past. He is a versatile guy who could play several positions. He is a terrific guy to have in the clubhouse, a good presence, a Major League veteran and a guy who could swing the bat from the right side. He can play the four corner positions.”

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