Okay, I’ll admit it: it has been hard to find a weak spot on this team so far. Everything and everyone just seems to mesh really well together. I’ll even go as far as to say that I haven’t had this much fun watching a New York Yankees team in many years. But if I had to pick one player, who time and time again makes me want to pull my hair out, it’s Jayson Nix. The Yankees have so many better options, and the time has come to let him go.
Let me begin by saying that Nix’s sole value comes in his versatility. There is no doubt that the Yankees love his ability to play nearly any position. But once some of the injured players make their returns, Nix will undoubtedly be the weakest link.
The Yankees may like Nix for his decent defensive ability, but he can’t hit a lick at the plate. Through 40 games so far this year, he’s batting .222 with a home run and nine RBIs. Now you would think that those are good numbers for a player who is little more than a defensive replacement. Once you realize though that Nix has spent a lot of time in the starting lineup, those numbers don’t look nearly as acceptable.
The main problem that I have with Nix, is that he can seemingly never hit when there are runners on base. It always feels like that in the biggest situations, Nix is up at the plate ready to give the other team essentially a free out. In fact, with runners on base this year, Nix is batting a pathetic .160. It gets even worse when those runners are in scoring position, as then his average drops to .147. If you want to go even deeper than that, his average is just .100 with runners in scoring position and two outs. Not good any way you slice it.
For you sabermetricians out there, Nix has a WAR and an OWAR of -0.1, meaning that Nix isn’t even really helping the team. He also has a wRC+ of 55, which is pretty awful.
I will give him credit though, he hasn’t grounded into a double play this year… yet. Not that it really means anything, but at least something is a positive, right?
Anyway, the Yankees can’t get rid of Nix just yet. Not until Eduardo Nunez returns, at least. However, the contributions of players like David Adams - who is nearly as versatile as Nix – have proven that the Yankees have more options than they think.
The Yankees are possibly afraid of losing Nix to another team if they decided to designate him for assignment. While there is a chance that another team could claim him, there is also the chance that other teams see that Nix isn’t very valuable, and the Yankees become able to outright him to AAA. Needless to say, a multitude of different scenarios can play out.
The Yankees have been good this year – very good. Jayson Nix on the other hand, has not, and it’s time for him to go.