Padres give Nady Minors deal with spring invitation
Veteran played 269 games with San Diego after Major League debut in 2000
SAN DIEGO -- In their pursuit of organizational depth this offseason, the Padres have turned to a very familiar face -- outfielder Xavier Nady.
The Padres have signed Nady, 35, to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to big league camp for Spring Training.
Nady should be a familiar name for Padres fans. He was selected by the Padres in the second round of the 2000 Draft out of the University of California.
Nady, who has played parts of 11 seasons with eight big league teams, made his debut in September 2000 with the Padres, collecting a hit in his only at-bat. He then appeared in 268 games with the Padres from 2003-2005 before he was traded to the Mets for outfielder Mike Cameron.
Nady, who has 792 career hits with a .270/.324/.432 line, will be a long shot to make the Padres' roster, especially since the team has six outfielders in Carlos Quentin, Seth Smith, Chris Denorfia, Will Venable, Cameron Maybin and Kyle Blanks. Alexi Amarista can play the outfield as well.
Nady hasn't appeared in the big leagues since 2012 when he appeared in 59 games with the Giants and Nationals. He hit a combined .296 with 15 home runs last season in Triple-A with the Royals and Rockies.
To date, the Padres have signed infielder Alberto Gonzalez and pitcher Anthony Brooks to Minor League deals with invitations to big league camp.
The Padres will likely announce their non-roster invitees to Spring Training later this week.