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Report: Phillies to sign Laynce Nix

Posted on: December 4, 2011 5:45 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2011 5:46 pm
Laynce NixBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Phillies have reached an agreement with free-agent outfielder Laynce Nix, Jim Salisbury of reports.

The deal is for two years, pending a physical.

Nix, 31, hit .250/.299/.451 with the Nationals last season and is a career .244/.288/.430 hitter. He is a good defender in the corner outfield spots and has never really had a chance to play full time. The left-handed Nix hit .263/.306/.475 against right-handed pitching, but struggled in limited time against lefties. All 16 of his home runs -- and 43 of his 44 RBI -- came against left-handers. He had just four hits in 34 plate appearances as a pinch-hitter.

Nix will likely be an extra outfielder, but could serve in a platoon role with John Mayberry Jr. in left. Mayberry, though, could play first in the absence of Ryan Howard, with Nix starting in left until Howard returns.

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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2011 6:43 pm

Report: Phillies to sign Laynce Nix

Not a good pick up at all.  As a team the Phillies had a harder time with LHP than they did RHP.  Only Polanco, Victorino, and Pence (who didn't arrive until late summer) posted good numbers against lefties as starters.

Carlos Ruiz -- .288 vs RHP / .265 vs LHP
Ryan Howard -- .266 vs RHP / .224 vs LHP
Chase Utley -- .285 vs RHP / .187 vs. LHP
Placido Polanco -- .257 vs RHP / .336 vs LHPShane Victorino -- .270 vs. RHP / .308 vs LHP
Hunter Pence -- .313 vs RHP / .317 vs LHP
John Mayberry -- .250 vs RHP / .306 vs LHP

Mayberry is developing into a starter and does well against lefties and was platooned but he actually loggeed more ABs against righties which is where you would expect Nix to pick up the ABs.  I don't understand this signing-- where and when will Nix play?  If he's getting ABs in the OF, all three of the guys they've got out there are better hitters with maybe the exception of Mayberry who started to come into his own late in the season.  I'm wondering if the plan is to have Nix work on his 1B skills in the offseason to pick up the slack while Howard is recovering from the Achilles surgery.  If Thome plays 1-2 games per week at 1B depending on the matchups and Nix picks up 3-4 games a week, it just might work.  Otherwise, if the plan is that he's OF only, I don't get it.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 6:29 pm

Report: Phillies to sign Laynce Nix


Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2011 6:19 pm

Report: Phillies to sign Laynce Nix

Good pick up. Good role player, not starter.

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