AUGUST 12: Nix was released by the Phillies, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer (Twitter link).
Nix, 32, is batting .180/.228/.258 in 136 plate appearances this year. The Phillies signed Nix to a two-year, $2.5MM deal in December 2011, hoping for a powerful left-handed hitting reserve to use against right-handed pitching. Nix, older brother of Yankees infielder Jayson, was drafted in the fourth round by the Rangers in 2000. Three quality big leaguers were picked earlier in that round: David DeJesus by the Royals, Cliff Lee by the Expos, and Yadier Molina by the Cardinals.