More to come online later today and in Saturday's paper. In fact our story is now online at dailyherald.com:
A few snippets from the noon teleconference with Xavier Nady, Cubs GM Jim Hendry and uberagent Scott Boras:
--Nady's nickname is "X." Boras didn't call him Xavier (which Nady pronounces as EX-avier) once. I believe there were three quick X's for a tic-tac-toe.
--"X" talked about seeing where his surgically repaired elbow (Tommy John surgery) would be in "two-and-a-half months." That takes us into April, but neither Nady nor the Cubs seemed to think he wouldn't be ready to start the season on the active roster. Nady said he hoped to throw from 120 feet today and then push it back to 130 feet next week.
--Hendry said: "Quality, quality hitter. Certainly a legitimate middle-of-the-lineup hitter from his past. We searched long and hard in the winter to come up with one more solid bat to give Lou going into camp. This really came together rather quickly in the last week...We feel like we've got an everyday, legitimate 5-hole-type hitter to augment our offense."
--From Nady: "From a health standpoint, the arm's doing well. It's progressing each week, and I'll continue to do my throwing program for the next two-and-a-half months...Right now, it's hard, I think, to assess where I'll be in two-and-a-half months."
--Boras pointed to a relatively quick return by Jose Guillen from similar surgery as good news for Nady. The agent pointed out that the number of "intense" throws Nady would have to make from the outfield would be "very small."
--Hendry said the signing wasn't made to push either left fielder Alfonso Soriano or right fielder Kosuke Fukudome as much as it was to provide the Cubs offense depth.
The elbow injury limited Nady to 7 games last year with the Yankees. It was the second Tommy John surgery of his career. In 2008 with the Pirates and Yankees, he combined for a line of .305/.357/.510 with an ISO of .205 and a wOBA of .374 _ all very solid numbers to go along with 25 homers and 97 RBI.
Bill James projects .285/.337/.469 for an OPS of .806 and a wOBA of .347 to go along with 17 homers and 65 RBI in 124 games.