Phillies acquire veteran Jayson Nix from Rays

Phillies acquire veteran Jayson Nix from Rays
March 28, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Jayson Nix batted .270 with a homer in 17 spring games for the Rays this year. (USA Today Images)

With opening day looming, the Phillies looked to bolster their bench by acquiring veteran infielder Jayson Nix from Tampa Bay for cash considerations.

Nix has been placed on the 40-man roster and will be on the roster when the Phillies take on the Texas Rangers on Monday.

With Nix coming aboard, the Phillies informed utility infielder Reid Brignac that he will not make the team. Brignac was signed to a minor-league deal and likely will become a free agent.

The Phillies also announced relief pitcher Phillippe Aumont was optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley. The 25-year-old righty was charged with the loss in Friday’s exhibition defeat to Pittsburgh at Citizens Bank Park where he allowed a pair of runs on a walk, a double and a wild pitch.

Aumont has appeared in 40 big-league games over the last two seasons, posting a 3.97 ERA with 33 strikeouts and 22 walks in 34 innings. He was 0-2 with two saves and a 4.04 ERA in 32 games at Triple A last year.

Meanwhile, Nix has some versatility in the field and a little bit of power from the right side of the plate. He also has big-league experience at third base, second base, shortstop and the corner outfield positions. In the minors, Nix played every position except for first base and catcher.

His best seasons in the big leagues were in 2009 when he hit 12 homers in 94 games for the White Sox and 2010 when he slugged 14 homers in 102 games for the White Sox and Indians.

Nix, the brother of former Phillie Laynce Nix, has played games for the Rockies, White Sox, Indians, Blue Jays, Yankees and Rays organizations. At age 31, Nix batted .270 with a homer in 17 spring games for the Rays.