The Yankees avoided arbitration with Jayson Nix by signing a $900,000 contract, bu then designated him for assignment, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News. Nix has agreed to a Triple-A assignment with an invitation to spring training if he clears waivers.
Nix signed a minor league deal with the Yankees last offseason and was seen as a long shot to make the major league roster. A path was eventually cleared for Nix because of injuries and the horrible defensive play of Eduardo Nunez and he was promoted in early May, sticking around all season.
He ended up playing second, third, short, and left field over 74 games while hitting .243/.306/.384. He was especially used against lefties against whom he hit .255/.318/.408. He wasn’t especially good, but he certainly helped the Yankees deal with a lot of different injuries along the way thanks to his versatility.
The Yankees have been looking for an upgrade over Nix this offseason. Jeff Keppinger and Stephen Drew are two possible replacements. The Yankees will hope to keep him around as insurance though. They just don’t want him on the 40-man roster right now and will risk losing him to get him off.