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Nix gets 2-year deal from Phillies

Dec 4, 2011, 11:25 PM EDT

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Laynce Nix hit .250 with 16 homers for the Nationals this year.

DALLAS — Just arrived at the Anatole Hotel for the Winter Meetings, and was immediately greeted with news of the Phillies coming to terms with Laynce Nix on a two-year contract (according to my colleague Jim Salisbury of CSNphilly.com).

Financial terms haven't been reported yet, but money isn't the key to this deal. The fact Philadelphia was willing to give Nix two years is the key detail here.

The 31-year-old outfielder had never signed a major-league contract before, let alone a multi-year deal. He came to the Nationals late last winter on a minor-league contract that wound up paying him $700,000 after he made the Opening Day roster.

Nix proved a valuable player for the Nats, ultimately batting .250 with 16 homers and 44 RBI in 124 games. Projected all along to come offRead more »

  1. Eugene in Oregon - Dec 4, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Three quick thoughts:– Mr. Nix is pretty much the definition of a 'replacement level player'; whether you use Fangraphs or Baseball-Reference, his average yearly WAR hovers just a bit above 0.– Only the Nats' right-handed pitchers are likely to have to face Mr. Nix next year. At a maximum, he seems destined to platoon with the Phillies' Mr. Mayberry, who will play against lefties. In fact, Mr. Mayberry's numbers against righties aren't appreciably different from Mr. Nix's, so he may not even be a 'full-time' platoon player.– As much as I (and others) appreciated Mr. Nix's contributions last year in the first half of the season, I'm glad any temptation to re-sign him has been removed. For the Nats to contend for a playoff spot in 2012, they need players who will add more offense than Mr. Nix does.

  2. Anonymous - Dec 4, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    This is the luxury of having the bulk of your roster set in stone this early. Nix might get some decent PT in Philly too with Howard on the shelf for some time.dfh21

  3. Joe Seamhead - Dec 4, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    So, do you think that the Phillies will re-sign Raul Ibanaz now?

  4. natscan reduxit - Dec 4, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    … I'm sorry to see the Nats lose Laynce, since their lack of bench depth has already been identified. But in the long run, I realise they weren't in a position to sign him big, so more power to him … I gues.Go Nats … Large!

  5. JayB - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Rizzo better come up with some better options…..His Late Winter bench signing have not been good. I like the way Marlin and Phils are proactive and sign people early. Rizzo has not been good at getting quality late….See Mark's bench stories….Matt Stairs, Alex Cora et al…..

  6. Section 222 - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Nix's stock was probably higher with the Phillies than just about any team. He pretty singlehandedly beat them on June 1 with a home run and a great full layout, game saving catch with the bases loaded.http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=15452815&c_id=mlbThat was Nix's shining moment along with the 12 pitch bases loaded walk against the Cardinals to cap the Nats' great comeback on June 14.http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=15889027&c_id=mlbYeah, I've been watching the condensed games on MLB.com and I'm up to he June winning streak. Fun stuff.Nix gave us good value this year. You can't help but wish the guy well, except that he'll be on the other bench 18 games next year.

  7. Sunderland - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    I really wonder what in the world the Philly braintrust is thinking, signing Papelbon to a record RP deal, signing Thome, who has 28 innings played in the field in the last 6 years, signing Ty Wiggington, and now Nix to a 2 year deal. Wow. This is an old team rapidly getting older.

  8. sm13 - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Sunderland — good point about the aging of the Phillies. Maybe, with a little luck and a few aching muscles, this could be the beginning of the end of their run in the NL East.

  9. Tim - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    Good for Nix. I like his game and he seems like a good guy to bring off the bench. Just don't think he has the durability to play more than a few days a week.

  10. Anonymous - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    Bill Ladson: I was informed that the #Nats offered Laynce Nix a two-year deal, but Nix decided to sign a similar with the #Phillies

  11. Anonymous - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:50 AM

    It looks like Bill Ladson is saying that you are wrong Mark?

  12. greg - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:28 AM

    considering ladson's track record, i wouldn't be too concerned about that. i thought we were going to a balanced schedule in 2013 when the astros move to the AL. if that's so, it won't quite be 36 games in two years. ;)

  13. John C. - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:33 AM

    MLB Network is reporting that the Marlins have signed Reyes for six years, $112 million. $18.67 million a year for Reyes? I’m very glad the Nationals didn’t do that deal. No, thanks.

  14. Evan S - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:47 AM

    I liked Nix, sad to see him go. He had nice pop and was a great competitor.

  15. natsfan1a - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Good luck to Spuds, except when he's facing us.

  16. P. Cole - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Rizzo tends to like the more athletic players anyway – someone who can cover a lot of ground and steal bases.Roger Bernadina, your time is now.

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