MONDAY: The Jays will pass on Nixon. The D’Backs liked what they saw.
SUNDAY: According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, four teams watched 33 year-old outfielder Trot Nixon audition in Tucson today: the D’Backs, Blue Jays, Mariners, and Dodgers. Nixon earned $4MM in ’07 while hitting .251/.342/.336 for the Tribe in 354 plate appearances. He was pretty much injury-free.
Nixon’s calling card had typically been his ability to rake right-handed pitching. He hit .256/.352/.345 against righties in ’07, drawing plenty of walks but displaying no power. Rather than a platoon he seems in line for a bench job this year.