D’Backs sign Xavier Nady to one-year, $1.75M contract

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Xavier Nady is off the market.

According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Diamondbacks locked up the outfielder to a one-year, $1.75 million contract on Wednesday night and plan to start him in left field next season.

Nady might also get a bit of time at first base.

He batted just .256 with a .306 on-base percentage and .353 slugging percentage in 2010 for the Cubs, but he did serious damage while playing for the Pirates in 2008 and may be able to bounce back in Arizona’s Chase Field, one of baseball’s most hitter-friendly ballparks.

At $1.75 million (and $1 million in incentives), it’s not a bad deal.  Nady is only 32, a capable defensive outfielder, and he still has the ability to rattle off something like 25 homers if given ample playing time.

Odúbel Herrera has homered in four consecutive games

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Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera produced what proved to be the game-winning hit on Wednesday afternoon, drilling a go-ahead solo home run to right field off of Cardinals reliever Sam Tuivailala in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Phillies went on to win 4-3, as the bullpen actually held on to a lead for once.

Herrera has now homered in four consecutive games and in five of his last six contests. The major league record is eight consecutive games with a home run, held by Don Mattingly, Dale Long, and Ken Griffey, Jr. The Phillies record is five consecutive games with a homer, held by Dick Allen, Mike Schmidt, Bobby Abreu, Chase Utley (twice), and Rhys Hoskins.

On the season, Herrera is batting .299/.355/.491 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI, and 35 runs scored in 297 plate appearances.