Around the NL East: Nix, Phillies Agree to Deal

Word leaked early Monday morning that the Philadelphia Phillies and former Washington National Laynce Nix have reached an agreement on a two-year contract. The deal is reportedly pending a physical. Specifics on the deal, namely what Philadelphia will pay Nix over the coming two seasons, have yet to be released and the team may not do so until the agreement is finalized.

The 2011 season was Nix’s first, and only season with the Nationals. He managed to appear in 124 games, batting .250/.299/.451 in 351 plate appearances. Most surprising, however, were his 16 HRs (a career high) and 44 RBI. The strong offensive showing earned Nix more playing time than he likely originally expected heading into the season, and certainly would have helped him secure a two-year deal this offseason.

The Phillies have long been interested in acquiring some outfield depth, Nix likely fills that need at this point in time.

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