The Phillies have agreed to a two year deal with former National's OF Laynce Nix. He is expected to fill the fourth outfielder role and is the third notable piece the Phillies have added to their bench in the past few weeks (Jim Thome, Ty Wigginton). As The Good Phight points out, Nix's arrival likely ensures that Raul Ibanez will not return. Nix's performance against righties is nearly the same as Ibanez and he provides better defense.â†µ
There's a lot of talk that Nix could potentially see some time as part of a platoon in left with John Mayberry Jr. Either way, Nix is a useful enough piece, but obviously a minor move in this offseason. The Phillies #1 free agent story continues to be what happens with Jimmy Rollins and the short stop position. Those talks will likely heat up as the baseball winter meeting get underway today in Dallas.