Phillies Acquire Infielder Jayson Nix from the Rays

The Phillies have acquired infielder Jayson Nix from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations.

Nix, 31, is a hybrid of Jayson Werth and Laynce Nix who last played for the Yankees’ AAA affiliate on the Island of Dr. Moreau. Not really, because even though he actually is Laynce’s brother, he’d probably be able to hit if he were a mix between those two. Which he can’t, really. His career OBP is .290. If Jimmy Rollins is sent to an oubliette before Freddy Galvis recovers from his flesh-eating bacteria episode, Nix will probably play shortstop. I get why moves like this are necessary–someone’s got to be the backup shortstop, after all–but if you want to know why I can’t write more than 100 words about baseball without making grandiose statements about the senselessness of human existence and the inexorable march of time, it’s because of shit like this.

Here’s a video of Boston’s “Peace of Mind” in 8-bit, which is not only more interesting than Jayson Nix, it will also have a larger positive impact on the Phillies in 2014.


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  1. JRoll

    March 28, 2014 11:37 PM

    I see this as the 1st step in admitting Asche is not a full time major leaguer. The platoons with Nix will start soon enough, until they can find a real 3b or the season is already deemed lost and they rush up Franco and foolishly start his clock.

  2. Willow jones

    March 29, 2014 12:13 AM

    Bye bye amaro. Another stupid move.

  3. Robby Bonfire

    March 29, 2014 06:37 AM

    Phillies better “enjoy” the 76ers ineptitude while is lasts, because when the 76ers begin to turn it around, starting in October, the Phillies are going to have the dubious distinction of being Philadelphia’s worst professional sports franchise, for the next decade, from the looks of it.

    RAJ has assuredly taken his place as one of the three worst North America professional sports executives, alongside Brian Cashman and Glen Sather of the NY Rangers, who also have proven adept at the vulgar and profligate burning of ownership money, all the while rendering their respective franchise active roster older than the Hills of Rome, to go with the bare-bones farm system they have saddled themselves with.

    And they all are living a charmed life in so far as there never seems to be any accounting for ever-declining results in this “just make the playoffs so we can raise ticket prices next year” plastic age we live in. If Ryno gets to August with his job still intact it will be a minor miracle, given what will be the need for a scapegoat around here.

    “Philadelphia Phillies: that’s us – the coldest ticket in town.”

  4. Jerome

    March 29, 2014 09:24 AM

    To be fair, Jayson Nix is better than Ronny Cedeno or Reid Brignac, which were the other two options towards the end. Nix had 0.9 bWAR last year, which was actually higher than Rollins. He’s an inconsequential backup infielder who will fill in the gaps until Galvis returns. And right now the only advantage Galvis has to Nix is youth.

  5. casey

    March 29, 2014 11:02 AM

    i have no clue what you just wrote about.

  6. Mark66

    March 29, 2014 11:17 AM

    Here we have a professional team that is worth over 1 BILLION dollars. This team has an unbelievable fan base–that means the fans care and come out to support their team. So what happened yesterday–they get shut out for the 3RD game in a row. Zero runs and a measly 3 hits. Does management care–it certainly DOES NOT seem so. They go out and trade for a lifetime .200 hitter. Great move !! Maybe they should sell the team to someone who wants to WIN !!!

    • Mark66

      March 29, 2014 01:36 PM

      AND–how in the heck did M Trout slip thru the Philly top brass growing up in N.J. ?? Again the front office misses, just like they did with Tanaka this year letting him go to the Yankees over Gonzalez !!

  7. Brian

    March 29, 2014 11:34 AM

    I just realized something. Now that the Eagles have gone full retard, the team that’s about to set a record for consecutive losses is this city’s most well run major sports team.

  8. dejesus54

    March 29, 2014 11:58 AM

    The fact that Jayson Nix is worthy of a post is proof of something, but I haven’t figured out what that something is. Tampa (who is well run) had him, but also didn’t want him, so there’s that (both ways). Is Eisenreich still playing? Kevin Stocker? Dave Cash??

  9. Mike Lacy

    March 29, 2014 01:03 PM

    Why are people upset about this move? The Phillies actually had a pretty decent backup shortstop option in Freddy Galvis. He suffered an injury, so they were forced to scour for depth a bit. How many 3rd string options at shortstop can hit that well, really?

    On the bright side, Nix has three seasons of double digit homers, and he walks at a decent enough rate. It’s not exactly a “pennant winning” move, but pennants are rarely decided by the 25th man on the roster.

    • Mark66

      March 29, 2014 01:32 PM


      I can’t believe you are making this statement. You clearly don’t understand the game.

    • Michael Baumann

      March 29, 2014 02:00 PM

      I’m not upset. I think Nix is fine for what he is. I’m just bored.

  10. madhatters

    March 29, 2014 03:44 PM

    another boner move by Amaro. basically release frandsen and then a week later pay to bring a guy who is the same age, plays the same positions, BUT didn’t lead the league in pinch hits, and we don’t know if he is a club house leader like K-Fran.

    Thanks Ruin Tomorrow Junior. Your run as the biggest loser in a sports town with lots of losers take another step forward.

    P.S. I hate you ruben

    • Long time Phil's fan

      March 29, 2014 06:27 PM

      Mad hatters. Really? You hate Ruben amaro because he went out and got the best option he could find to replace galvis for a few weeks? Ruben is doing the best he can and I support him. Many of his critics have no idea what it takes to be a successful GM. He has my support. Go Phils! Am I the only one who tires of all the lame internet critics. It’s so over the top and nasty that I can hardly bear to follow the blogs anymore. I’m out. See ya.

    • Bob

      March 29, 2014 06:47 PM

      Nix in no way took Frandsen’s roster spot. Frandsen could not play SS and wasn’t good defensively at other positions either. With Galvis going down, the Phillies needed a b/u SS and Nix is better than Brignac or Cedeno.

      If you’re upset that Frandsen got cut, you should take issue with Hernandez making the team because Frandsen out projects Hernandez in almost every category for next year. But Hernandez has more upside as he projects as over 1.0 WAR for next five years accord Oliver while Frandsen is in the negative.

      It might’ve made more sense to keep Frandsen for this year and let Hernandez play every day at AAA. Yet, Sandburg played Frandsen a lot at 1B at the end of last year and got a good, long look at him. It appears that the coaching staff simply believes that Hernandez will have a better year.

  11. earl

    March 30, 2014 08:38 AM

    Amen brother

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