Mets acquire Trot Nixon from Diamondbacks
In an effort to address their injury-ravaged outfield, the New York Mets acquired veteran Trot Nixon on Friday from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Nixon, 34, failed to make the Diamondbacks' roster out of spring training and has been playing for the team's triple-A affiliate in Tucson, Ariz., where he hit .309 with 10 home rune and 31 RBIs in 58 games.
In exchange for Nixon, the Diamondbacks will receive cash or a player to be named later.
Nixon should easily see time in the Mets' outfield, as they're already playing without Ryan Church (post-concussion syndrome), Moises Alou (calf strain) and reserve Angel Pagan (shoulder).
"With Alou down, it's a left-handed bat," said Mets general manager Omar Minaya, who expects Nixon to join the team for Saturday's game against Texas. "I checked around with a lot of guys who played with him and they all speak highly of him."
Last season, Nixon hit .251 with three home runs and 31 RBIs in 99 games with the Cleveland Indians, but truly showed his worth in the post-season.
He collected five hits, including a home run, and three RBIs against the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
Nixon had just extended an option in his contract with the Diamondbacks organization, but general manager Josh Byrnes wanted the gritty veteran to have another shot in the majors.
"In the business of signing players who have had such illustrious careers, staying to be a protection guy had to be a collaborative effort," said Byrnes. "He's not going to spend the whole year in triple-A when there was opportunity elsewhere."
Nixon spent 10 of his 11 big league seasons with the Boston Red Sox, winning a World Series with the team in 2004.
Mets starter Pedro Martinez, a former teammate of Nixon's in Boston, approved of the addition.
"He looks like a grouch all the time," Martinez said, suppressing a laugh. "But he's a good guy. You'll see."
With files from the Associated Press