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Phillies acquire infielder Jayson Nix from the Rays

Mar 28, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

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If you thought the Mike Trout news was big, wait until you hear this! The Phillies have acquired utility infielder Jayson Nix from the Rays for an undisclosed amount of cash, CSN Philly’s John Clark reports. Nix spent the spring with the Rays but did not make the cut.

Nix, 31, had a decent spring showing, slashing .270/.341/.459. He’s a six-year veteran, having played in the big leagues with the Rockies, White Sox, Indians, Blue Jays, and Yankees. He has experience playing second base, third base, and shortstop and he’s spent some time in left field as well. The Phillies were hurting for infield depth after Freddy Galvis went down with a case of MRSA.

The acquisition of Nix means the Phillies have had two Nixes (Jayson and his brother Laynce) and two Jaysons (Nix and Werth). There’s a bit of fun trivia as you enjoy your Friday evening.

  1. NatsLady - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    OK, I give up. Frandsen has bad breath or something?

    Frandsen and Nix 2012-2013

    • schmedley69 - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      It’s very simple. Frandsen can’t play SS, while Nix can. The Phillies need SS depth with Freddy Galvis being out. If Galvis didn’t go down, Fransden would still be with the Phillies.

      • NatsLady - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:06 PM

        OK, that makes sense. :)

  2. yanks33 - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Jayson Werth doesn’t play for the Phillies..

    • yanks33 - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      Nvm im an idiot…def read that wrong haha

  3. bankboy2012 - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    He’s not named Michael Martinez, so that’s a plus.

  4. historiophiliac - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:11 PM





    oh, that hurts

  5. pisano - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    Good utility player, can play anywhere in the infield, just don’t expect too much from him with the bat.

  6. twpguy1964 - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    It’s hilarious too me that an organization that has a minor league system FULL of mediocrity, has to trade for more. They didn’t need this guy, Cesar Hernandez can play SS, 2nd,3rd and the OF. He’s also a switch hitter. Another stupid move.

  7. jlinatl - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    A seismic shift in the NL East balance of power.

  8. mikhelb - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Good serviceable player, can field very well at 2B, SS and even 3B (of course also the OF). He won’t bat a high average nor with power but he is good for a bench role or a temporary fix at any of those positions.

    He is the typical bench player the Yankees have had in the past 30 years or so, somebody like Andy Fox, Andy Philips, Zuvella or even Luis Sojo (he maybe was been the best hitter of the bunch of bench players they’ve had). In recent years that role fell to Ramiro Peña, Eduardo Núñez and Nix, with the best hitter being Ramiro and the best glove being Jayson Nix. Eduardo Núñez could be cut today but I think Joe Girardi will cut Yangervis Solarte because he lead the Yankees in batting (or was second to Cervelli) this spring and JoeG already knows how good/bad is Núñez, so I think he won’t risk finding out if Solarte is good or merely was a one time event his good hitting and fielding (since he has been with the team he has never chosen a non-roster invitee to the 25 man roster if that player leaded the Yankees during spring training: Ben Weber and Jorge Vázquez sure know about that).

    • pisano - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      @ mlkhelb ….I hope and pray it’s Nunez (hands of stone) that gets cut, but I agree with you it will be Solarte unfortunately.

  9. andreweac - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Your starting SS after the inevitable Rollins benching.

  10. racci - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    The final piece of the puzzle!

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