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Padres Sign Second-Round Pick Nady

September 17, 2000

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ The San Diego Padres agreed to a five-year, $2.85 million contract with second-round draft pick Xavier Nady on Sunday.

The deal includes a $1.1 million signing bonus spread over several years, and a four-year major league contract worth a total of $1.75 million, according to Padres general manager Kevin Towers.

If Nady, a third baseman, reaches the majors in 2002-2004, additional bonuses could kick in. Those bonuses would be lost if he fails to make the 25-man roster.

Towers said it was the first time San Diego awarded a major league contract to a draft pick.

The 22-year-old Nady was a three-time All-Pac 10 selection at the University of California, where he batted .370 and set school records with 57 home runs and 191 RBIs. Nady’s slugging percentage of .729 bettered Mark McGwire’s Pac-10 record of .718, set with Southern California from 1982-84.

Nady is expected to be placed on the Padres’ active roster when the club begins their final homestand on Sept. 26 against St. Louis.

To make room for Nady on the 40-man roster, San Diego designated catcher George Williams for assignment.

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