Thursday, July 28, 2011

Trade Watch 2011: Laynce Nix

Today, we're going to talk about one of the best surprises about the Nats 2011 season, and one that we didn't think had a chance to make the 25-man roster during Spring Training: Laynce "The Daynce" Nix.

Nix has spent time with Texas, Milwaukee, and Cincinnati before showing up in DC for this year's camp. A former defensive guy who bulked up big time, Nix can now not only cover the corner outfield positions well, but he can rake at the plate, too. He is just 1 home run shy of tying a career-high home run total in a single season after hitting two thus far in the Florida series, and it's only July 28th. He does swing at a bad pitch here or there, and he has trouble picking up breaking balls, but when he makes contact, he makes contact.

Because of these factors, he has definite value to a contender. While he's not high on the list of anyone's priority list, Nix's field versatility (LF, RF, CF, 1B) and ability to hit for power could make him a very cheap acquisition for a contending club.

Nix's major drawback is his achilles injury/tightness that isn't quite healed. He gets fairly regular time off with the Nats because of it, and contenders will take notice. The last thing they need is Nix to be killing the ball and miss a few games because of achilles tightness. Teams making a run simply can't afford it.

So, while we don't see Nix getting moved at the deadline, it's possible a team could see some value in him for the right type of deal. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments.


  1. Trading players is just as risky as forex, stocks and goods trading. A lot of risk is involved, and it may end up hurting the team. I don't think I'm qualified to comment whether or not The Daynce is a good bet. I'll stick to trading.

    1. I agree. There are lots of risks in trading options. It is still advisable to learn the basic options trading strategies to ensure success.

  2. Most players in trades consider one thing above many- opportunity costs, which comprises not only of monetary compensation and returns from their trade but its actual effect to their career.