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.
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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