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Pirates sign Jayson Nix to a one-year deal

Aug 3, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

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Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have signed utility infielder Jayson Nix to a one-year major league contract. The club also optioned infielder Brent Morel to Triple-A Indianapolis and designated infielder Dean Anna for assignment.

Nix, 31, started the season with the Phillies but was released in May after posting a mediocre .154/.214/.231 slash line. The Rays — who sent Nix to the Phillies for cash in late March — picked him back up and stashed him at Triple-A but released him on Friday. In 215 plate appearances with Triple-A Durham for the Rays, Nix slashed .274/.341/.411 with three home runs and 16 RBI.

The Pirates picked up Anna off of waivers from the Yankees on July 5, but he never made it back to the majors, instead spending his entire time at Triple-A Indianapolis, finishing with a meager .671 OPS in 57 plate appearances. Morel has a .661 OPS in 292 plate appearances at Triple-A, and a .485 OPS in 17 major league plate appearances this season.

  1. ejheim62 - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    another brilliant pennant winning move. I mean….come on Huntington. There’s the scrap heap, and then there’s junk, you know? This is not going to help the club any more than Morel did, any more than Michael Martinez did, …..for God’s sake, if you’re going to upgrade the bench, at least get somebody decent!

    • maddog11896 - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      I don’t see you doing anything

    • jerze2387 - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      So whos out there that they could sign thats better? or that they could get off waivers or in trade without giving up any of the top prospects?

      • ejheim62 - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        nobody’s asking them to trade away Polanco, Kingham, Taillion, Heredia….but for pete’s sake, Jayson Nix? Guy who hit .154? Someone tell me how a guy who hits .154 is an improvement in any way

      • jerze2387 - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        He has pop and is versatile. He can play just about anywhere on the diamond and has HR power. Again, if you can think of a better candidate, please name them

    • 4cornersfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Nix is a pretty good fielder at the infield positions and has a little pop and can deliver a timely hit now and then. He’s not going to make anybody forget Bill Madlock or Dick Groat, but if somebody gets hurt he is a capable backup.

  2. historiophiliac - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    The road into the bigs may be an honor quest, but the way out is ping pong.

  3. navyeoddavee9 - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    He’s a utility infielder, if he sticks, that will be his role, lighten up, plus guys we have picked up before, have picked their game up, give him a chance, before you beat down on him

    • ejheim62 - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      this is the middle of a pennant race. you take chances on a guy hitting .154 in spring training, not when you’re fighting to make the playoffs for only the 2nd time in 22 years. Sorry guys, can’t agree with any of you on this. Then again, that’s probably why I am not a G.M. lol

      • 4cornersfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        Are you sure you are not a Yankee fan? Go over to their website and see the handwringing and cries to sack Cashman every time he signs somebody who is not Mike Trout or Kershaw.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      This opinion indicates an utter unfamiliarity with Nix.

      • ejheim62 - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        All i’m saying is that i’m frustrated with the pickups the Pirates have made – that and striking out at the Trade Deadline. Brent Morel? Michael Martinez? Hardly names to strike fear into the opponents.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        I was agreeing with you. I meant the other guy. Anyone who thinks Nix is going to turn it around has clearly missed the other multiple chances he’s had to do so. Sorry about the mix up.

  4. penguins87and71 - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    This is more indicative of the fall of Pedro Alvarez then anything else.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 3, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Morel backed up 3rd and 1st, Nix backs up 2nd. It’s more about Neil Walker’s back than Pedro Alvarez’s throwing problems.

      • yankeefan1950 - Aug 3, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Nix plays all infield positions and is passable in the outfield. He’s a great pickup to fill a utility role.

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