For the last two seasons the Yankees relied on Jayson Nix‘s glove and versatility whenever a Yankee needed a day off, whether it be Derek Jeter or Robinson Cano. The Yankees could have given Nix a contract to stay for the 2014 campaign but instead they designated him for assignment and he became a free agent. It didn’t take an extremely long time, but Nix now has a team.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Jayson Nix signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays which includes an invitation to Spring Training. In two seasons, Nix hit .239/.307/.340 and had a .357 OBP last season against left handed pitching. Nix played occasionally in 2013 due a depleted lineup before he went to the disabled list, effectively ending his 2013 season.
The Yankees have options for the utility role with players such as Eduardo Nunez, Dean Anna, Brendan Ryan and Kelly Johnson. It could be expected that Nunez starts the year in the minors if there’s no room for him but that’s another post for another day.