VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals signed Xavier Nady to a Minor League deal on Friday, and he will spend his entire Spring Training in Minor League camp and will start the season with Triple-A Syracuse.
Nady can play the corner-outfield positions as well as 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 with the Pirates and Yankees. In two out of the next three years, Nady had serious injuries. He had Tommy John surgery in '09 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. "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 that could swing the bat from the right side. He can play the four corner positions."