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Yankees sign Jayson Nix to minor league contract

Nov 23, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

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From Joel Sherman of the New York Post comes word that the Yankees have signed utilityman Jayson Nix to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

Nix is unlikely to land an Opening Day roster spot next March in Tampa, but he can play his way into the emergency mid-season callup list with a strong showing at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.

The 29-year-old infielder-outfielder posted a decent .814 OPS across 195 plate appearances in the minor leagues this past year but a brutal .169/.245/.309 batting line over 151 plate appearances in the majors.

Nix was the 44th overall selection in the 2001 MLB Amateur Draft. He began his career with the Rockies.

  1. jackkoho - Nov 23, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    2001 draft

    • Drew Silva - Nov 23, 2011 at 10:43 PM

      Thanks.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2011 at 6:41 AM

    He played decently at third base for the Jays, but could not hit very well. He is good organization depth.

  3. uyf1950 - Nov 24, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    If he can get back to the way he hit with Cleveland in 2010 could be a very good “in case” type player. In case he’s needed.

    Gotta be better than Pena for the Yankees.

    • deathmonkey41 - Nov 24, 2011 at 5:47 PM

      I’m pretty sure that Ramiro Pena has compromising pictures of one of the Steinbrenners. There’s no other reason for that guy to keep getting called up.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 25, 2011 at 4:20 AM

        I’m hoping he only has more more option left. After that the Yankees will be forced to try and move him.

        Just my opinion but maybe the Yankees can put together an “unwated” package of Mitre, Proctor and Pena.

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