Thursday, March 31, 2011

Indians Send Jayson Nix to Blue Jays

With an abundance of infielders, the release or trade of Jayson Nix, who had fallen on the 2nd and 3rd base depth charts, seemed a mere eventuality. On Tuesday it finally happened as he was traded to the Blue Jays for cash considerations. The move primarily served to free up a valuable 40-man spot and ensures the Indians get at least a minimal return instead of potentially seeing him swooped up on a waiver claim.

During his time with the Indians Nix hit just .234 with a .705 OPS - which actually represented one of his better offensive performances. A historically strong defensive second baseman with a career +11.4 UZR/150 who could get away with subpar offense there, Nix was shifted to third due to the abundance of second basemen in the Indians system and struggled with the spot defensively, essentially eliminating any value he had to the organization.

When it was announced that Jack Hannahan would be the clubs opening day third baseman, his chances, already slim, took another hit. The it was announced that Adam Everett had won the job as the teams backup infielder and it was all over.

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