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Rays sign Jayson Nix

Jan 9, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT

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Jayson Nix, who spent the past two seasons as a utility man for the Yankees, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Rays.

Nix has experience all over the field defensively, including filling in for Derek Jeter at shortstop last season, but he’s a 31-year-old career .218 hitter and hasn’t cracked a .700 OPS since 2009.

He’ll compete for a roster spot during spring training.

  1. historiophiliac - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Maybe they can sign Laynce too. I’m sure we can come up with some kind of “Up, Up & a Hey” thing for the Rays this year.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      2 Nix, 1 Cobb?

      I got nothin.

      Jay Jay and Walker (Matt Moore)?

      That one’s a stretch. But if you get it it is definitely dynomite.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        My, Nix, Nix? Wil-Lay-Jay?

        I am confident we could come up with something.

        /fingers crossed

      • tfbuckfutter - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        I think it may not be worth the effort.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        Well, there’s that.

  2. doctorofsmuganomics - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    You mean on purpose?

  3. rdillon99 - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    “…but he’s a 31-year-old career .218 hitter and hasn’t cracked a .700 OPS since 2009.”

    And the Rays – who have a knack for making chicken salad out of chicken s**t – will somehow turn him into a 3.0 WAR player in 2014.

    • raysfan1 - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      No, but they will platoon him in multiple spots in the infield to give regulars some rest.

      His OBP vs lefties was .357 last year, so that’s where most of his plate appearances will come.

  4. cur68 - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Well. Talk about a post title that needs the words “for some reason” appended to it.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      The Death Star has deployed the TIE fighters to spread the Doom!

  5. stackers1 - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    I thought he did a good job for the Yankees the past two seasons. He’ll never be an All-Star, but he’s a good glove & does have a little pop in his bat. Good luck to him.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Knowing the way these things tend to break for the Rays, he will probably hit .300/.400/.500.

  7. anxovies - Jan 9, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Good luck to Jayson. He was an asset to the Yankees for the last two years.

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Jayson could be a starter on the bluejays, wonder why they didn’t sign him? I think even they could afford this guy

    • jwbiii - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:52 AM

      He was good enough to start for the Yankees, sure, but where would you have him starting for the Blue jays?

      • Old Gator - Jan 10, 2014 at 8:22 AM

        Poor Dim Harry can shoot himself in the foot and not know it until he looks down. Rare talent.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        he was a utility guy for the Yankees so you might want to check your facts on that. I mean who was he going to start over? Arod? jeter? cano? tex? Now that I have taken you to school see if you can help old gasser, I know that will be impossible but try anyway what the heck

  9. louhudson23 - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:20 AM

    He is a solid backup,spot starter who can play multiple positions well. He handles the bat fairly well and produces against lefties… and can be relied upon to lay down a bunt quite effectively. Unfortunately,he was called upon to do more than that last year,exposing his shortcomings as an everyday player/hitter….particularly in a lineup in which the big guns didn’t hit a whole lot better than he did….he will be missed…..

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