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 CSNPhilly.com (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.


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73 Comments on "Phillies Sign Laynce Nix"


3 years 8 months ago

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

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 8 months ago

No need for a two year deal here. Classic Ruben

rzepczynski
3 years 8 months ago

Lyle Overpay on years

3 years 8 months ago

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

bergeraj
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months ago

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

SouthPawRyno
3 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 8 months ago

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
3 years 8 months 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.

$4555515
3 years 8 months ago

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

Dynasty22
3 years 8 months ago

Eric Bruntlett 2.0?

vonhayesdays
3 years 8 months ago

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

LioneeR
3 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 8 months ago

John Mayberry Jr. in LF.  Brown won’t be on the team to start the year.

DT Flush234
3 years 8 months ago

Phillies are now the New York Spankees.

3 years 8 months ago

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

bigpat
3 years 8 months 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. 

3 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 8 months ago

Nats had too many. What’s Stark got to say about it?

Nick Marmarou
3 years 8 months 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

3 years 8 months ago

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…

nm344
3 years 8 months ago

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

vonhayesdays
3 years 8 months 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 

nats2012
3 years 8 months ago

Im surprised he got 2 years.

JST1331
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months 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

Twinkilling61
3 years 8 months ago

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

Farid Rushdi
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months 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”.

Abraham Zapruder
3 years 8 months 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.

AmISerious
3 years 8 months ago

Solid platoon/Bench player. I like it.

alxn
3 years 8 months ago

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

nm344
3 years 8 months ago

That’s why they are bench players.

alxn
3 years 8 months ago

thanks bro didnt know

nm344
3 years 8 months ago

Yet you post inane comments. 

alxn
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months ago

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

alxn
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months ago

Except he’s not. 

alxn
3 years 8 months ago

you seem like a really interesting guy

$4555515
3 years 8 months ago

why is the window in this convo getting smaller and smaller