Shortly after confirming that Jose Bautista would be counted on as the everyday right fielder and Edwin Encarnacion would get another chance at third base, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired third baseman Jayson Nix from the Cleveland Indians for some cash.
After losing the Spring Training futility infielder fight to Adam Everett, which is not an easy feat, Nix was expected to be traded or sent through the waiver wire.
In order to make room for Nix on the 40 man roster, Jesse Carlson was placed on the 60 Day Disabled List, suffering from an inability to recover from Cito Gaston’s missuse two years ago a shoulder injury. It’s expected that Nix’s place on the active roster at the end of Spring Training will be opened after Corey Patterson is placed on the 7 Day or 15 Day Disabled List after getting a Daniel Bard fastball in the head a few days ago.
Given the defensive flexibility of the Blue Jays lineup, Nix should feel right at home in Toronto. While he’s played more games at second base than anywhere else, the 28 year old can play any spot on the left side of the infield and either corner outfield positions as well. Unfortunately, you’re not getting much more than defensive flexibility from Nix, whose highest career on base percentage was the .308 he put up in 2009 over 290 plate appearances with the Chicago White Sox.
Last year with the White Sox and Indians, Nix actually had a negative Wins Above Replacement number, meaning that just about anybody would’ve been a better option for his two ball clubs.
I would be absolutely shocked if Nix finished the season on the active roster of the Toronto Blue Jays. If you think I’m being unnecessarily harsh on Nix, please note that his walk up music is Bad Girlfriend by Theory Of A Deadman.