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Laynce Nix’s two-year deal with Phillies worth $2.5 million

Dec 5, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

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Last night Laynce Nix agreed to a two-year contract with the Phillies and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that he’ll get $2.5 million.

That’s obviously bench player money, although Nix could end up becoming a quasi-starter in a platoon role. As an everyday player he’d be overmatched, as Nix has never shown any ability to hit left-handed pitching and sports a .288 career on-base percentage.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals also offered Nix a two-year deal for similar money, but he opted to join the team that’s won five straight NL East titles. According to Nix’s agent he also received “strong” interest from the Red Sox and A’s.

  1. cintiphil - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Well, I am a fan of Nix. We liked him when in Cinti. however, he is not an every day player. he will have streaks when you can’t get him out, then go into a slump where he can’t buy a hit, and has to be benched. The Phills have those guys now, (IE) Ibanez.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:51 PM

      Ibanez will be gone. But Nix does kinda take his place. The last thing the Phillies needed was another guy who strikes out too much. But if he just takes the place of Ross Gload, then that’s fine with me.

      • timasahh - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:15 PM

        I agree with you completely. I’m unsure about some of these signings because Ruben seems to be going after guys that are the opposite of what he emphasized as important following the Phillies’ early dip out of the post-season. With that said, though, it’s difficult to speculate just how big of a role these guys will play until we see what remaining puzzle pieces are going to be brought in during the off season, if any.

      • paperlions - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:33 PM

        I think Thome, Nix, and Willington are intended to be bench players that fill in for injured guys for a week here or there….as Philly Phans have pointed out, these guys represent a solid upgrade of the bench (at least, for bats)…as long as the intent is not to try to get 100 starts out of any of them, I don’t see the problem….thought they likely will need at least one MIF to come off the bench too.

    • foreverchipper10 - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:31 PM

      Paper, I think you got Willingham and Wigginton mashed up there.

  2. mikedi33 - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    David Murphy Of Philly com points out the same thing. Rueben is signing the opposite of what he said he wanted, players who grind out at bats. Thome is .172 career with 2 strikes, wiggington .185 and Nix .141.

    • ame123 - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:51 PM

      That’s hilarious. Take a look at any player’s stats with 2 strikes. They’ll all be terrible. And grinding out at-bats is akin to Pitches per Plate Appearance. Not average with 2 strikes. LOL.

  3. mojosmagic - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Good bench guy playing for bench money. A major problem for the Phils last year was poor production from the bench and with Thome, Wiigginham, and now Nix it should be vastly improved.

  4. natstowngreg - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    The Phils signed Wigginton. Did they also sign Willinton and Wiigginham? What positions do they play?

    But seriously, I’m going to be a lot more nervous when Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen are pitching to the Phillies in the 8th & 9th, and I look at their bench and see Jim Thome and Ty Wigginton instead of Ross Gload and Ben Francisco. Laynce Nix will also make me a bit nervous if he’s in one of his hot streaks.

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