The Yankees signed utilityman Jayson Nix to a minor league contract, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
Nix, 29, had a .245 OBP with a .554 OPS in 46 games with the Blue Jays last season. He has a career OPS+ of just 72. While he can’t hit, he does have experience playing at second, short, and third base as well as left and right fields. Nix doesn’t have a large enough sample size to judge his defense based on UZR, but his UZR/150 (a less reliable stat) is an impressive 57.5 which is a good sign that he’s a solid fielder.
There is a new provision in the CBA that states that veterans signed to minor league contracts must either be added to the 40-man roster or released five days prior to Opening Day or receive an additional $100K with the right to opt-out by June 1. I’m not 100 percent sure if Nix falls into this category as he doesn’t have six years of service time, but he was a free agent. Once I get confirmation I’ll pass it along though.
It seems unlikely he’ll make the Yankees, it seems even more unlikely that they would keep him in the minor leagues for $100K too. So there will have to be a few injuries or trades to happen for him to even have a shot at staying with the organization after spring training.