The Yankees reached an agreement with Jayson Nix on a one-year, $900,000 deal and then immediately designated him for assignment. Luckily, he cleared waivers and has been assigned to Triple-A Scranton.
It was just a move to free up a spot on the 40-man roster. He will certainly have a shot to win his job back especially because, at this point, he is the Yankees best option at third base.
He’s primarily used against lefties though, he hit .255/.318/.408 against southpaws last year, but if Kevin Youkilis accepts the Yankees one-year, $12 million offer Nix will be moved down the depth chart. Not necessarily because Youkilis will play everyday, although he probably will, but because Youk actually hits much better against southpaws himself so there is no reason to have both play third.
Still, it didn’t look like Nix was going to get much playing time when he signed last offseason and he ended up spending almost the entire season with the team and played in 66 games. He hit .243/.306/.384 overall and played second, short, third, and left field.