WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 14: Xavier Nady #21 of the Washington Nationals prepares to hit against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park on April 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
The Washington Nationals have unconditionally released first baseman/outfielder Xavier Nady, the team announced today (via Twitter). Nady was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and designated for assignment in related moves on the 21st of July.
The Nationals this morning unconditionally released OF/1B Xavier Nady.— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) July 29, 2012
In 102 at-bats this season, Nady hit just .157/.211/.274 with three home runs over 40 games. Obviously, that isn't going to cut it at the big league level. But, he should be able to find a team to pick him up on a minor league deal for the remainder of the season as a bat off the bench against southpaws.
The Nationals had a few more days on the 10-day clock to move Nady, but it appears they were unable to find any takers. Of course, Nady could of accepted an assignment to the minor leagues but he is better off becoming a free-agent and examining his options from there.
The move comes just one day after the team released another one of their bench bats, Rick Ankiel, for a similar reason - lack of hitting.