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Jayson Nix was designated for assignment by the Rox. He would be a great pickup.

I don't know if I'd use the word great exactly. He's not much of a hitter and it doesn't seem like he could handle shortstop so I'm not too sure what we'd do with him. It does add a wrinkle in the Brian Roberts trade possibilities if the O's cool off and find themselves back in a position where trading him makes sense by the deadline, but if the rumor of the Rockies being on Roberts' no trade list is true and they're doing as badly as the O's or worse he might exercise his right to veto the trade.

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I don't know if I'd use the word great exactly. He's not much of a hitter and it doesn't seem like he could handle shortstop so I'm not too sure what we'd do with him. It does add a wrinkle in the Brian Roberts trade possibilities if the O's cool off and find themselves back in a position where trading him makes sense by the deadline, but if the rumor of the Rockies being on Roberts' no trade list is true and they're doing as badly as the O's or worse he might exercise his right to veto the trade.

He would be a starter at 2B for us if and when Roberts is traded.

Nix played extremely well in the World Cup (MVP for USA team that won Gold) and the Rox gave up on him too early because Nix didn't have any options left.

So IMO he would be a great addition.

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He would be a starter at 2B for us if and when Roberts is traded.

Nix played extremely well in the World Cup (MVP for USA team that won Gold) and the Rox gave up on him too early because Nix didn't have any options left.

So IMO he would be a great addition.

That's great that he played well in the World Cup, but he spent 7 years in the minors where he racked up a career .256 BA and .725 OPS (bear in mind that he spent the last two seasons in the ultra thin air of Colorado Springs in the offense-crazy PCL). That's not enough offense for a guy who's a decent but not standout 2B and can't really play anywhere else.

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That's great that he played well in the World Cup, but he spent 7 years in the minors where he racked up a career .256 BA and .725 OPS (bear in mind that he spent the last two seasons in the ultra thin air of Colorado Springs in the offense-crazy PCL). That's not enough offense for a guy who's a decent but not standout 2B and can't really play anywhere else.

He's actually very good defensively at 2B. And I wouldn't look at his career MILB numbers to get a feel for his bat. Take a look at his doubles and his improving OBP. And he had a strong ST this year with 4HR and 1.057 OPS. Plus he's only 25!

Nix, the younger brother of outfielder Laynce Nix, was the Most Outstanding Player of the World Cup tournament in November, helping Team USA win the gold medal for the first time since 1974. After the tournament, Team USA manager Davey Johnson told Rockies manager Clint Hurdle — his former player with the Mets — that the Rockies would be foolish not to give Nix a chance.

Several current Rockies also are lobbying for Nix, general manager Dan O'Dowd says, viewing their former minor-league teammate as tough, intelligent and a potential Gold Glove winner. O'Dowd says Nix's confidence has never been higher, adding, "Defensively, he might become the best we've ever had."

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