Eight days ago Washington designated Xavier Nady for assignment, signaling the end of his brief Nationals career. Early Sunday afternoon the team officially ended their relationship by releasing the 33 year old.
Nady joined the Nationals towards the end of Spring Training on a one year minor league deal worth $700,000. He was able to make the team with the hope that he’d offer some veteran presence off the bench. He struggled to just a .157/.211/.275 line over 109 plate appearances before landing on the disabled list with a wrist injury. He didn’t fare much better through a minor league rehab assignment and the team ultimately had to make a decision, either add him to the Major League roster or release him.
It’s possible Nady could catch on elsewhere on another minor league contract, though it’s tough to predict any possible destinations. He struggled badly at the plate, but can handle both corner outfield positions and first base which could offer some sort of value from an organizational depth standpoint.