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Weapon X?

by Mike Hansen

Xavier Nady will be added to the Cubs roster pending a physical. Nady, coming off of his second Tommy John ligament surgery, is a career .280 hitter with some pop. With weak performances from the outfield positions last season, Nady may be the fresh face that Chicago needs since they lead the National League with 97 wins in 2008.

Kosuke Fukudome is entering his third season with the Cubs and has shown that his keen eye is not enough for the left handers in the league and Nady will be the perfect complement. This has been done at what seems to be a bargain price at $3.3 million dollars with incentives at $2 million dollars based on games played. If Nady is healthy and can return to his form that he played in 2008, then Lou and the Cubs have solved a disappointing hole in their team from last season. Best of all, Nady's last name isn't Bradley.

Look for the Cubs to have a similar clubhouse chemistry that shot them to the top of the National League Central two years in a row. This was a quiet signing during a weak free agent class, but the Cubs have addressed a major area that they lacked all of last year. Ego and balance. Nady has the potential to be the secret weapon the Cubs need to continue the quest to break the curse.


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