Nats sign outfielder Nix to minor-league contract

Nats sign outfielder Nix to minor-league contract
February 3, 2011, 8:48 pm
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By Mark ZuckermanCSNwashington.comNATIONALS PAGE NATIONALS VIDEO

The Washington Nationals have signed outfielder Laynce Nix to a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league camp this spring.

Nix, 30, hit .291 with four homers and 18 RBIs in 97 games with the Cincinnati Reds last season. In 483 career major-league games with the Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers and Reds, he has 48 homers and 142 RBIs.

A left-handed hitter, Nix faces stiff competition this spring. The Nationals already have five outfielders expected to make the Opening Day roster: Jayson Werth, Nyjer Morgan, Roger Bernadina, Rick Ankiel and Michael Morse. Utilityman Jerry Hairston also figures to get playing time in the outfield.