Feb 21, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Xavier Nady (23) poses for a picture during photo day at the Royals Spring Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Xavier Nady returns to San Diego

Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres), who covers the San Diego Padres for MLB.com, reports that the Friars have brought back Xavier Nady on a minor league deal with an invite to Major League Camp at Spring Training.

Nady, a free agent going into his age 35 season, spent 2013 in the Kansas City Royals’ minor league system after suffering a right heel injury during Spring Training. Prior to that, Nady spent time with the Mets, Pirates, Yankees, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Nationals, Giants, and the Padres, where he started his career.

Over the course of his 11 year career, Xavier has a .270/.324/.432 slash line, with 101 HR and 406 RBI in 939 games played. He figures to add depth and options to the Padres’ outfield.

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  • Zippy_TMS

    I love this move. Kyle Blanks and Tommy Medica are at opposite ends of the prospect timeline, but both need to prove their value to make the roster this spring. A veteran can show them what it takes to get there. If he gets relegated to AAA, he can be a valuable mentor to prepare prospects for the Bigs. If he makes the major league roster, he can be a useful bench bat and clubhouse presence, who can make spot starts at LF or 1B. This is a low-risk signing with a good story for the fans. Think Mark Kotsay with a little more left in the tank.