From Joel Sherman of the New York Post comes word that the Yankees have signed utilityman Jayson Nix to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
Nix is unlikely to land an Opening Day roster spot next March in Tampa, but he can play his way into the emergency mid-season callup list with a strong showing at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.
The 29-year-old infielder-outfielder posted a decent .814 OPS across 195 plate appearances in the minor leagues this past year but a brutal .169/.245/.309 batting line over 151 plate appearances in the majors.
Nix was the 44th overall selection in the 2001 MLB Amateur Draft. He began his career with the Rockies.
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.