From the Wire … Nady Signs One-Year Deal with Cubs

Three days after agreeing to a one-year contract with the Cubs, Xavier Nady passed his physical and inked the one-year deal.

The contract will pay Nady a $3.3 million base salary and he can earn another $2 million based on games played.

Updated – 1:09pm CST With additional Info on the Nady signing after his conference call with the media.

With Xavier Nady officially added to the team, the Cubs 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

UpdateBruce Miles published a few of the details of the conference call on Friday with Xavier Nady, Jim Hendry and Scott Boras.

Just call him “X” … according to Bruce Miles, that is Xavier Nady’s nickname. So the Cubs now have a “Z” and an “X“. Nady spoke about his surgically repaired elbow. He said he’s throwing at “120 feet” and is looking forward to see where is elbow is in “two-and-a-half months.”

Nady said his elbow is progressing every week. He added it is hard right now to see where he will be in two-and-a-half months.

The Cubs do not see him beginning the season on the DL.

Jim Hendry described Nady as a “quality, quality hitter.” Hendry was looking for a middle-of-the-order bat to add to the mix. The deal with Nady happened rather quickly. Hendry said bringing in Xavier Nady was to add depth to the roster “not to push Kosuke Fukudome or Alfonso Soriano.”

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