In an attempt to add roster depth, the Nationals have signed first baseman/outfielder Xavier Nady to a minor league deal, according to Amanda Comack of the Washington Post. The ten-year veteran was originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 2nd round of the 2000 Draft and the Nationals will be the 7th organization he has spent time with.
Ever since suffering an elbow injury in 2009, Nady has never quite returned to his phenomenal 2008 form, when he set careers highs in batting average (.305), HRs (25) and RBIs (95). Last season he posted a .248 batting average with 4 HRs and 35 RBIs in 82 games with the Diamondbacks, so hopefully he can make the big league club at some point and contribute as a solid bench bat.
Comack reports that Nady will stick strictly to minor league camp, so it’s safe to say that he will serve as organizational depth, but given his .275/.328/.438 career slash line and defensive versatility he’d certainly serve as a nice bench option for Davey Johnson.