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Source: Phillies sign Nix

DALLAS — As baseball's executives flock to Texas for this week's winter meetings, the Phillies struck a deal with outfielder Laynce Nix, a source told The Inquirer.

Source: Phillies sign Nix

Outfielder Laynce Nix hit 16 home runs against righthanded pitchers in 2011. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP Photo)
Outfielder Laynce Nix hit 16 home runs against righthanded pitchers in 2011. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP Photo)

DALLAS — As baseball's executives flock to Texas for this week's winter meetings, the Phillies struck a deal with outfielder Laynce Nix, a source told The Inquirer.

Nix, 31, spent 2011 with the Washington Nationals and posted a .750 OPS with 16 home runs. He played in a career-high 124 games with 351 plate appearances. 

The deal is pending a physical, which will happen sometime this week. CSNPhilly.com first reported the agreement, and citing anonymous sources, said it was for two years.

It's possible that Nix forms one half of a platoon to fill left field in 2012. He's a lefthanded bat who has done most of his damage against righthanded pitchers. All 16 of his home runs in 2011 were against righties and he was sparingly used against lefties.

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John Mayberry Jr. proved effective against lefthanded pitchers in 2011. Combine Nix's numbers against righties and Mayberry's numbers against lefties in 2011 and they posted a slash line of .275/.320/.507 with 24 home runs. Nix could fill Raul Ibanez's role for far cheaper.

For a comparison, here are platoon splits (AVG/OBP/SLG) based on 2011 numbers:

Nix/Mayberry: (440 PA) .275/.316/.507, 24 HR

Ibanez/Mayberry: (557 PA) .267/.314/.474, 24 HR

The key, obviously, will be that Nix will not make $11.5 million like Ibanez did in 2011. 

Nix mostly plays the corner outfield spots, specfically left field, where advanced metrics rate him as an above-average fielder. He did play nine games at first base in 2011.

Financial terms were not immediately available. Nix earned $700,000 in 2011. He's never signed a major-league deal before.


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