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Rays sign Jayson Nix to a minor league deal

May 16, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

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Jayson Nix is back with the Rays. The Rays traded the utilityman to the Phillies at the end of March for cash considerations, and the Phillies put him to use, playing him at second base, third base, and shortstop. However, he posted a meager .445 OPS in 43 plate appearances and the Phillies outrighted him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday. Rather than accept the assignment, Nix elected free agency.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Rays have signed Nix to a minor league deal with an opt-out date of July 15. Nix, 31, will report to Triple-A Durham. With Ben Zobrist sidelined with a dislocated thumb, Nix will serve as infield depth behind Logan Forsythe, Sean Rodriguez, and Cole Figueroa.

  1. bigharold - May 17, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    I like Nix and remember his contributions to the Yankees when he was there. That being said, Nix is not a great hitter so exactly how does this help the Rays?

    Nix is a solid Pro but he’s on the wrong team.

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