Throughout the offseason, The Nats Blog will look back at every player’s 2012 season to summarize and analyze his performance, and we’ll look ahead to his possible role in 2013. We’ll go from #1 Steve Lombardozzi all the way to #63 Henry Rodriguez with about two posts per week until Spring Training. Enjoy.
When your team wins 98 games, you don't get to talk about useless or impactless players from that season very often. This is absolutely one of those exceptions. Xavier Nady
Nady was pulled off of his couch in spring training with virtually no opportunity to make the team. He was even signed to a minor league deal. But enough injuries allowed the veteran journeyman to make it onto the Nats Opening Day roster in 2012.
He's never been an exceptional defender, and his offense had declined steadily over the past three to four seasons. Nevertheless, Nady found his way into 40 games for the Nationals before being released in late July. During that time, he mustered a pitiful .157/.211/.275 slash line and 24 strikeouts in just 102 at-bats.
The Nats merciful release of Nady turned out pretty well for him. He landed with the San Francisco Giants, who went on to win the World Series. That's right, folks. Xavier Nady, who amassed a -0.6 WAR last season, will be getting a World Series championship ring. Something isn't quite right with that.
Next year: The 34-year-old Nady is still a free agent, but he will land with a team and serve as a fourth outfielder and bench player. It may not happen until spring training when teams really evaluate their needs, but it's only a matter of time.
Update 10:45 am: Xavier Nady has just been signed to a minor league deal by the Kansas City Royals, according to the Royals twitter account. So it was only a matter of a very short time.
Next up: #22 Drew Storen