Phillies Sign Laynce Nix

Laynce Nix has signed a two-year contract with the Phillies, passing a physical today to make it official, according to Jim Salisbury of (via Twitter). The deal is worth $2.5MM.

Nix, who turned 31 on October 30, hit .250/.299/.451 in 351 plate appearances for the Nationals last season. The journeyman is known for his ability to hit for big power against right-handed pitching (career .198 ISO versus righties), but he doesn't get on base much and his career .506 OPS against southpaws shows he's definitely a platoon player.

Nix, a client of Gaylord Sports Management, has signed minor league deals in each of the past four offseasons. He has experience at all three outfield positions (primarily left field and center field), and both UZR and DRS suggest that his defense has been a positive throughout his career. The A's and Red Sox were also interested in signing him, reports Amanda Comak of the Washington Times.

Salisbury first reported that the two sides had reached an agreement (Twitter links), while Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports added salary details (on Twitter).

Luke Adams contributed to this post.

73 Responses to Phillies Sign Laynce Nix Leave a Reply

  1. I’m sure it won’t be for a lot of money, but two years?  Was that really necessary for Laynce Nix?

    • chico65 4 years ago

      Yeah, they should Nix this deal if given a second chance.

  2. No need for a two year deal here. Classic Ruben

  3. rzepczynski 4 years ago

    Lyle Overpay on years

  4. another solid bench pickup for the Phils.  Now they’ll resign Rollins in the next few days and call it an off season.

  5. bergeraj 4 years ago

    Why is 2 years really that much of an issue here?  Obviously he will be a Platoon this season with Mayberry..  Next year when Thome leaves Nix will either continue to platoon with Mayberry or take the LH off the bench role! 

    Plus hes only 31 not like its a 35-38 year old that we are signing to TOO many years!

    • RhapsodyinBlue 4 years ago

      Stat jockies who pray to the altar of Keith Law, the guy who helped run the juggernaut mid 2000s  Blue Jays.  2 years is nothing and he’s hardly old, good depth move.  Mayberry/Nix in left now

    • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

      Yeah seriously. The way some people reacted or are going to react, it’s like they signed him to a 2 year $50 million dollar deal.

      • southpawryno 4 years ago

        they did though. my sources, that i will not name, told me so!

      • southpawryno 4 years ago

        they did though. my sources, that i will not name, told me so!

    • That’s what people were saying about Contreras last year, and now we have  him coming back, even though he spent most of the year hurt last year.

      There is a difference between doing something because you can, and not doing something unless you have to.  That difference is the difference between a so/so GM, and a great one.

    • sf55forlife 4 years ago

      im into advanced stats and I don’t understand the negative comments here. Platoon players have real value, if Nix can continue his batting line against righties for the next couple years that would be huge. 

      This coming from someone who despises the Phillies. There is nothing to bash here, get over yourselves Philly bashers. Wait til they actually make a dumb move to talk trash.

  6. $4555515 4 years ago

    GL laynce glad to see your hard work off the bench and platooning has brought you a multi year contract 

  7. Dynasty22 4 years ago

    Eric Bruntlett 2.0?

    • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

      bruntlett has no power , and i think could play the infield nix is pretty much left hander off the bench or platoon 

  8. LioneeR 4 years ago

    So they got a platoon player.  Who is he going to platoon with?  Brown is not a match

  9. DT Flush234 4 years ago

    Phillies are now the New York Spankees.

    • I see what you did there, changing Yankees to Spankees. What a clever, original and hilarious joke.

      • bigpat 4 years ago

        Also the fact they signed such a dominant force such as Laynce Nix. They are becoming the Yankees of the NL though, payroll is on such a high level, they always get what they want. 

  10. I could have sworn he got signed by the Yankees.  Eh, who cares. Oh yeah that was Jayson Nix.

  11. Laynce Nix brings the unnecessary “y” the Phillies have missing since Jayson Werth left.

  12. Nick Marmarou 4 years ago

    awful pinch hitter. Would have been a good power off the bench but can’t hit off then bench. He is a cheaper version of Geoff Jenkins

    • If he can lead off the reconvened aborted 5th game of the World Series with a 2B and score a run, I got no problems with comparisons to World Champion Geoff Jenkins…

  13. nm344 4 years ago

    Wonder if Ben Francisco is going to get non-tendered. 

    • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

      we can all hope , although that 3 run bomb off garcia was a cool , however not enough to make up for the lack of production overall 

  14. nats2012 4 years ago

    Im surprised he got 2 years.

  15. JST1331 4 years ago

    Me being an avid viewer of the Nationals (I don’t consider myself a fan) I can tell from watching him from last year he has really improved. He is a great bench player to have who mashes right handed pitching. The guy has some serious pop!

    • $4555515 4 years ago

      aye he was probaly my favriote journey man on the nats last year and if any bench/plantoon player deserves a 2 year deal its nix

  16. Twinkilling61 4 years ago

    I like this signing. Good player to fill out the bench for the Phillies.

  17. farid rushdi 4 years ago

    Nix was good offensively in the first half then reverted back to career norms. Defense is sub-par for a bench/part-time player.

    .111/.226/.185 vs lefties
    .202-4-11, .269 OBP during 2nd half of season
    .184/.256/.289 as sub/pinch-hitter

    If he’s a platoon player and he hits like he did in the first half of last year, the Phillies will be okay. But he can’t field well, can’t pinch hit and can’t hit lefties.

    The Nats have three everyday outfielders, Morse, Werth and the new center fielder who hasn’t been traded for/signed yet. They also have Roger Bernadina and (probably) will resign Rick Ankiel. ‘

    Bryce Harper will probably make it to Washington by mid-season.

    So while I wish Laynce Nix well, the Nationals just don’t need his particular talents.

    • Muggi 4 years ago

      Reports are the 2nd year was what the Phils had to give to get him away from the Nats.

      Pretty sure GM’s make depth-chart decisions based on “here’s where Center Fielder X is going to play, after we sign/trade for him”.

  18. Abraham Zapruder 4 years ago

    As a Phillies fan, I do not approve of two years for a player like Nix. One, maybe. Two, no way. Amaro always gives 1 year too many.

  19. AmISerious 4 years ago

    Solid platoon/Bench player. I like it.

  20. alxn 4 years ago

    Should go well with all the other mediocre bench players they’ve signed to MLB deals.

    • nm344 4 years ago

      That’s why they are bench players.

      • alxn 4 years ago

        thanks bro didnt know

        • nm344 4 years ago

          Yet you post inane comments. 

          • alxn 4 years ago

            Most teams don’t have a bench full of veterans with similar skill sets locked down to MLB contracts before spring training even starts. Especially when they already have players (Francisco, Mayberry) who are better than said veterans. 

          • nm344 4 years ago

            Mayberry is the starter in LF.  Francisco may not be tendered. Any more wise input?

          • alxn 4 years ago

            Francisco is a better player than Nix, so it would be quite dumb to give a bigger commitment to Nix to replace Francisco. 

          • nm344 4 years ago

            Except he’s not. 

          • alxn 4 years ago

            you seem like a really interesting guy

          • $4555515 4 years ago

            why is the window in this convo getting smaller and smaller

  21. hallwagner 4 years ago

    mostly an OF but nix can play 1st base pretty well also, maybe an alternative to jim thome for that 1st few months while howards healing

  22. Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

    I think Ruben’s done a good job of building our bench. I think Nix did a good job with the Nationals last year and in a part time role and should add some left handed pop to the bench.

    Jim Thome, Ty Wigginton, Laynce Nix. Solid additions. Other than going crazy with Papelbon (which I’m not too upset about), he’s had a good offseason.

    • nepp 4 years ago

      Good addition to the bench but once again Rube gives out the extra year for no discernible reason.

      • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

        It’s for a shade over $1 million dollars next year. If he sucks, you can cut him.

  23. Philliesguy 4 years ago

    Jim Salisbury who broke story on Comcast sports Philly reports one year at $700,000–not two years.

  24. Philliesguy 4 years ago

    link to Link on $700,000 one year deal

    • bergeraj 4 years ago

      You need to go back and Re-Read the article, says Nix signed a 1 Year deal for $700K LAST year with WAS!!

    • $4555515 4 years ago

      it says he made $700,000 on a one year deal with the nationals last year…btw hooked on phonics could solve your problem

  25. optionn 4 years ago

    This must signal the end of Jimmy Rollins.  If the Phillies are smart they’d let him walk.

    • $4555515 4 years ago

      idk about that but it would seem likely raul ibanez wont be resigned now?

      it might also drop the philles out of the micheal cuddyer chase

    • How would signing a back up outfielder to help replace Raul signal the end of Jimmy Rollins?

  26. $4555515 4 years ago

    bye bye raul ibanez

  27. TXRangers 4 years ago

    Played against him in high school.  He hit 3 bombs off of us in 2 games.   

  28. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    what is it with the Phillies and that weird “Y” stuck in the middle of some first names. First Jayson and now Laynce.

  29. JST1331 4 years ago

    I can’t believe people are complaining about this deal. It’s 2 years for $2.5 million dollars! Big deal if he sucks this year they will cut him! I don’t think that will be the case as he is a very good bench/platoon player to have. I can see people arguing about Jim Thome but Ty Wigginton and now Laynce Nix, seems like some Phillies fans are never pleased. For those who don’t like the bench signing give me good REALISTIC options for someone who you would prefer on the bench.

    • Matthew Smith 4 years ago

      4th outfielder who has no speed, isn’t a defensive upgrade on anyone we have right now, can’t pinch hit and if one of the regulars goes down he isn’t an everyday player and never has been. Doesn’t get on base or hit lefties at all either.  I’d rather have someone with a slightly different skill set who can do some of the things you would like a 4th outfielder to do.  McLouth on a 1 year deal would have worked…endy chavez maybe would at least give you some speed and defense off the bench…ankiel is the same player only can play all 3 outfield spots and can run the bases a bit better. Probably could trade a low lever prospect for other similar type players as well on other teams.  This bench is full of HR or nothing hitters right now with no speed and limited defensive abilities.

  30. Man, Phillies…way to try and upstage the Angels.

  31. Phillies didn’t need to upstage anyone… they are coming off a 102 win season..  and we improved our bench and got one of the best closers in the game.

    Angels NEEDED to improve,  The Phillies needed to address some things, and have, and will continue, I doubt they are done yet.

  32. LanceKlein 4 years ago

    Nix signing is a good deal. Great arm, pretty decent defensively. 

    And hes jacked!

  33. schmenkman 4 years ago

    & out of baseball by the time he was 32…

  34. And has his jersey and glove in Cooperstown.

    Not everyone turns an unassisted triple play, it’s not as ho-hum as a perfect game or anything…

  35. You imply he was better when younger?

  36. schmenkman 4 years ago

    Eddie Gaedel’s stuff is in Cooperstown too.  That doesn’t make him a good backup for the Phillies.

    Bruntlett was the Michael Martinez of the 08-09 Phillies.  Except not as good a hitter.

  37. The Phillies should be set now.

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