Add Xavier Nady to the list of former Giants recently signed to new teams. The San Diego Padres have signed Nady to a minor league contract with a spring training invite, according to MLB Trade Rumors.
Nady, a client of Scott Boras, last appeared in the Majors in 2012, batting .184/.253/.316 in 166 plate appearances between the Nationals and Giants. By signing in San Diego, he returns to the organization that drafted in the second round back in 2000. Nady spent parts of five seasons in the Majors with the Padres and was a semi-regular player in the Majors in the middle of the last decade.
Nady played for the San Francisco Giants in 2012. He didn’t play in the majors in 2013, but was on a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals, before being released, then re-signed, then released again. Nady only played 19 games in his partial season with the Giants.
Nady was signed to a minor league contract by the San Francisco Giants on August 4, 2012, and assigned to their Triple-A affiliate in Fresno, California. He made his debut for the San Francisco Giants on September 1, 2012, and hit a 3 RBI double against the Cubs in his first at bat. He was on the Active Roster for the 2012 World Series and eventually got his second career championship title after the team performed a 4-game sweep against the Detroit Tigers.
Personally, I’ve always liked Nady because he’s from Salinas, nearby where I live. Hopefully he can get a fresh start with the Padres and make the team out of Spring Training.
He’s had an up and mostly down career, but hey, 19 games on the 2012 Giants gets you a World Series Championship ring.