New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman will not tab Xavier Clifford Nady VI to fill the vacancy in left field created by Johnny Damon's free agency.
Nady signed a one-year, $3.3 million deal with the Chicago Cubs yesterday. The contract is filled with performance-based incentives that could increase its value by more than $2 million. As with most contracts, the deal will only be finalized if Nady passes a physical examination.
Nady spent the past season and a half in pinstripes, but played in just seven major league games in 2009 before a right elbow injury forced him to undergo the second Tommy John surgery of his career. The decision to shelve Nady for the remainder of the season was actually made in June. Nady was on assignment with Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at the time.
The 31-year-old outfielder hit a combined .305 with 25 home runs and 97 RBI for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Yankees in 2008.