Sunday, December 4, 2011

Report: Phillies Ink Nix for Two Years

According to multiple reports the Phillies have signed free agent outfielder Laynce Nix to a two-year contract. The deal is pending a physical examination.

Originally a 4th round draft choice of the Rangers in 2000, the 31-year-old left-handed hitting outfielder is a career .244 hitter in 9 big league seasons.

Last season with the Washington Nationals, Nix posted a .250 batting average with 16 homeruns and 44 RBI in 124 games. All of Nix's homers and all but one of his RBI came against righty hurlers in 2011.

Nix has posted a .187 average with 2 homeruns and 11 RBI in his career as a pinch hitter. With those numbers in mind, the best suitable plan for Nix may be a platoon in the outfield. Paired with righty hitting John Mayberry Jr.'s .306 average, 8 HR and 21 RBI against left-handed pitchers, Nix's output could fit in perfectly in left field.

In his major league career, Nix has played 229 games in center field, 203 games in left field and 66 games in right field.

In 15 career games at Citizens Bank Park, Nix is 4-for-36 (.111 avg) with just one extra base hit, a double.

Financial details of the contract were not immediately available. Nix earned $700,000 last season with Washington.



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