Blue Jays pick up versatile Nix from Indians
The Toronto Blue Jays spent Tuesday finalizing a couple of starting positions in the field before adding some versatility to their bench.
General manager Alex Anthopoulos added infielder/outfielder Jayson Nix, who has played second base, third base, shortstop and the outfield during his three major league seasons, in a trade with Cleveland. The Indians receive cash.
The Blue Jays placed left-handed relief pitcher Jesse Carlson on the 60-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain to make room for the 28-year-old Nix.
The Nix acquisition came a few hours after Toronto announced that Jose Bautista would return to right field to start the season after spending most of spring training working at third base. Edwin Encarnacion will man the hot corner.
Nix struggled at spring training, batting .176 with a home run in 12 games. The five-foot-11, 195-pounder has displayed power in limited playing time.
In 102 games last season split between Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox, he hit .224 with 14 home runs, 34 runs batted in and 15 doubles.
In 2009, Nix hit .224 in 225 at-bats for Chicago but managed 12 homers, 32 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 12 attempts.