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    Nady, Cubs complete one-year deal
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    fan comments (36)print this page e-mail this page post on facebook 01.26.10: Cubs ExtraDuration: 00:00:54The Chicago Cubs agree to a one-year deal with outfielder Xavier NadyVideo Tags
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    By Adam McCalvy /

    01/29/10 12:05 PM EST

    The Cubs finalized a one-year deal Friday with free agent Xavier Nady, who could provide some power and depth to Chicago's outfield.

    Nady and the Cubs agreed on the contract earlier this week, but Nady needed to pass a physical, and in Nady's case, that was no minor formality. He played only seven games for the Yankees in 2009 before undergoing the second Tommy John surgery of his career.

    Nady is hoping to join the short list of players -- mostly pitchers -- to return from two such procedures and his agent, Scott Boras, e-mailed last week to say that the outfielder is "on schedule to be ready in Spring Training."

    According to several outlets, including The Associated Press, the contract will guarantee Nady $3.3 million in 2010, with $2.05 more available in incentives for games played.

    Nady, 31, played his last healthy season in 2008, when he hit .305 with 25 home runs and 97 RBIs for the Pirates and Yankees.

    Nady will join an experienced Cubs outfield and could see most of his action as a right-handed foil to left-handed-hitting right fielder Kosuke Fukudome and occasional backup for Alfonso Soriano in left. The Cubs signed free agent Marlon Byrd this winter to play center field.

    First, Nady will have to prove he's healthy from the second major elbow surgery of his career. He underwent the procedure in early July, meaning he will be just nine months removed from it by Opening Day. A number of Web sites have lists of baseball players who have gone through Tommy John surgery, a procedure in which a tendon from a different part of the body is used to replace a turn ulnar collateral ligament, but Nady and catcher Vance Wilson are the only position players listed as having the surgery twice.

    Wilson had his procedures back-to-back in the summers of 2007 and '08. He signed a Minor League contract with the Royals for '09 and batted .270 in 59 games for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Wilson didn't play his first game in '09 until June 19 and caught only 18 games, appearing mostly as a designated hitter.

    It's notable that Wilson is five years older than Nady. The Royals have already re-signed Wilson to a Minor League contract for 2010 that includes an invitation to big league camp
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    I heard that Dave Littlebrain was a part of the cubs organization.

    Makes sense, now that I hear this.

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