Thursday, January 9, 2014

After spending two years with the Yankees, Jayson Nix has signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bays Rays that includes an invite to Spring Training, reports's Ken Rosenthal.

Nix worked out fairly well for the Yankees as an infielder that could play around the diamond. He wasn't the best of hitters, but that Yanks were forced to use him a lot in 2013 due to the injuries of Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.

He fractured his left hand when RA Dickey with him with a knuckleball in a game on August 21th, ending his season.

He played 86 games for the Bombers last season, batting .236 with three homeruns and 24 RBIs. 

The Yankees didn't have any room for Nix on the roster, leading to them having to non-tender him. The re-signing of Brendan Ryan was pretty much what gave the feeling that his days in the Bronx were over.

Nix was one of Joe Girardi's favorite. He would always call Nixy a true baseball player -- meaning he came to the park ready to play each day, and even though he wasn't the best player on the team, he always played hard, and played the game right.

Even without Nix on the team next season, the Yankees will still have a few utility player-type guys that can be used at more than one position, with Ryan, Kelly Johnson, Brian Roberts and Dean Anna.


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