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Xavier Nady hit .248 with four homers in 82 games for the Diamondbacks last year.
Nady, 33, is a career .275 hitter with 97 homers and 393 RBI over parts of 10 seasons with the Padres, Mets, Pirates, Yankees, Cubs and Diamondbacks. Beset by injuries in recent years, he appeared in only 82 games for Arizona last season, hitting .248 with four homers and 35 RBI.
The Nationals scouted Nady in California last week and came away impressed enough to offer him a minor-league contract, general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters in Viera. He'll report to minor-league camp for now and likely open the season at Class AAA Syracuse.
Given his experience at both corner outfield positions and first base, Nady could be insurance in case lingering injuries to left fielder Michael Morse and first baseman Adam LaRoche force either player to the disabled list at some point. Morse (lat strain) has yet to play in the field this spring, while LaRoche (ankle, shoulder) has seen limited action so far.