Xavier Nady refused his outright assignment and has elected free agency, a source tells Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com (on Twitter). Nady was designated for assignment to clear room for Kyle Blanks before being outrighted on Thursday. MLB.com’s Corey Brock tweeted over the weekend that it was a virtual certainty that Nady would turn down his assignment and hit the open market.
Nady, 35, belted three homers in 42 plate appearances for the Padres but also batted just .135 with a .238 on-base percentage in 2014. This season marked his first big league action since 2012 as well as a return to the organization that originally selected him in the second round of the 2000 draft. Now, he’ll move on in search of his next big league opportunity.
Nady is represented by Scott Boras, as shown in the MLBTR Agency Database.