Laynce Nix’s two-year deal with Phillies worth $2.5 million

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Last night Laynce Nix agreed to a two-year contract with the Phillies and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that he’ll get $2.5 million.

That’s obviously bench player money, although Nix could end up becoming a quasi-starter in a platoon role. As an everyday player he’d be overmatched, as Nix has never shown any ability to hit left-handed pitching and sports a .288 career on-base percentage.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals also offered Nix a two-year deal for similar money, but he opted to join the team that’s won five straight NL East titles. According to Nix’s agent he also received “strong” interest from the Red Sox and A’s.

Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.

Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”

Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.

Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.