The Tampa Bay Rays lost infielder Mike Fontenot to the Washington Nationals but have signed another player who hopes to provide better depth.
According to Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, the Tampa Bay Rays and former New York Yankee infielder Jayson Nix have agree’d on a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
Sources: #Rays to sign free-agent IF Jayson Nix to minor-league deal.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 9, 2014
Jayson was non-tendered by the New York Yankees back in December after hitting .263/.308/.311 across the line in 303 plate appearances. He only hit three home runs and 24 RBI’s with the Bombers but has some power to provide a little more than that with the Rays this year.
They picked up a struggling James Loney last year and got some great production out of him. Maybe they’re hoping they can get the same out of Nix and if they do, someone in that front office needs to be given a raise.
In his two years with the Yankees, Nix has played third base/shortstop/second base and left field. He gives the Rays a little bit of depth at almost every position on the field.