Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Breaking News: Cubs Sign Xavier Nady

The Cubs have signed free agent outfielder Xavier Nady to a $3.3 million one year deal according to Jon Heyman's tweet. Nady could earn another $2 million based on games played.

No official press release is out as of now, but Cubs.com tells us that the deal is pending only a physical. Nady will add to the Cubs outfield depth, as most likely a 4th outfielder. He will serve a 4th outfielder, seeing most of his action in right field to spell left handed hitting Kosuke Fukudome.

With this signing, the Cubs are possibly only one bullpen arm away from being ready to go to camp. This move also makes it unlikely that fan favorite Reed Johnson will be resign. Nady brings more power, to add some pop to a bench that is much in need of power. Now the Cubs outfield is set. Expect Soriano, Kosuke, Byrd, Nady, Sam Fuld, and Micah Hoffpauir to all see time out there this year.

Here the info on the newest Chicago Cub:
  • Full Name: Xavier Clifford Nady
  • Born: November 14, 1978 in Carmel, California
  • B/T: Right/Right
  • College: University of California
  • Drafted: by the Padres in the 2nd round of the 2000 draft
  • MLB Debut: September 30, 2000 for the Padres
  • Teams: Padres (2000-'05), Mets (2006), Pirates ('06-'08), and Yankees ('08-'09).
  • Played in just 7 games (.286 AVG) in 2009 because of the second Tommy John surgery of his career
  • 31 Years old
  • Career Games By Position: RF (410), 1B (205), LF (100), CF (45), DH (12), 3B (3)
  • Career .280 batting average, 87 home runs, 325 RBIs, and a .335 OBP in 8 big league seasons.

More on the signing as I get it!

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