Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cubs sign Xavier Nady, pending physical

According to a tweet from Yahoo's Tim Brown, the Cubs have signed outfielder Xavier Nady. Terms of the deal are unknown.

The 31-year-old right-handed platoon player has played for four teams, and saw action in just seven games with the Yankees last season due to Tommy John surgery, the second such surgery of his career. Nady typically plays right or left field, but has also seen time in center, at first base, and at third. His best season came in 2008 when he hit .305 with 25 HR and 97 RBI between the Pirates and Yankees. He is a career .280 hitter with a .335 OBP.

It's impossible to judge the quality of a free agent signing without knowing the terms of the deal, but Nady should fit in nicely as the Cubs' fourth outfielder.

UPDATE: Jon Heyman tweets that Nady will make $3.3 million and up to $2 million more based on games played. Not bad.

hat tip: MLB Trade Rumors

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