The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a minor league deal with utility infielder Jayson Nix, according to CBSSports. The deal also includes an invitation to Spring Training, and if he makes the Major League roster, he would make $750,000.
Nix, 32, played a total of 41 games last season for a trio of teams, the Phillies, Pirates, and he had a few postseason at bats for the Royals. During his career, Nix is a .212/.282/.345 hitter with 38 homers and 130 RBI’s. Last season he hit .120/.169/.157 over 83 total at bats and he also tallied one home run and four runs batted in.
What Nix lacks at the plate he makes up for in the field, as he can play virtually every position in the infield. He has experience playing primarily at third base (198 career games) and second base (133 career games), but also has experience at shortstop (89 career games) and has one game played at first.
Nix would bring a veteran presence in the rather young Baltimore clubhouse if he makes the Major League roster. But, if Nix doesn’t end up on the Major League team, he can bring a lot to the table in the Orioles farm system, as he can help mature young prospects like infielder Jimmy Paredes.
General Manager Dan Duquette said that, “[Nix] should add depth and playoff experience to the club.” so it would seem that the main reason why Nix was added was his veteran experience.
Nix is a former first round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2001.