Laynce Nix, 31, hit a career-high 16 homers in 351 plate appearances with the Nationals last season and is only suitable for use against right-handed pitching. The deal is for two years, pending a physical, according to Jim Salisbury. [Link]
Beerleaguer: You figured the Phils would go this route after signing Ty Wigginton, and my level of excitement is kind of the same, maybe less. First, you'll never see him start against a same-handed pitcher. I think of him as a cross between David Dellucci and Ricky Ledee (how's that for a Phillies-minded comp?), with perhaps better defensive skills than those two. I like that he can play each position, and Beerleaguers remember the highlight-reel snag he made against the hometown nine in June that led to a series win for Washington (he also homered in the victory).
For many years - like three or four years - Nix had trouble staying in the Show. A lot of that had to do with where he was. There wasn't much opportunity in Texas, for example, or Milwaukee. But he's also a brutally fringe hacker. In parts of nine seasons with Texas, Milwaukee, Cincinnati and Washington, he's a .244/.288/.430 hitter. Even last season, which was probably his most complete effort, his on-base was a stark .299, and that's including just 31 plate appearances against a lefty. Even Geoff Jenkins, in his woeful 2008, was good for a .301.
The Phils survived Raul Ibanez's low on-base last season, and Nix should be in a good position - hitting sixth or seventh maybe - to collect RBIs at a similar clip. But it's still a lot of outs to add to a lineup already loaded with them. This isn't as "outside the box" as I'd like for a spot where I thought the Phils could take a risk. And I'm not crazy about committing to Nix through 2013.
Neither is Domonic Brown, I'm sure, or Michael Martinez (so what?), or John Bowker (who?) or Ben Francisco, who can't possibly be tendered now.