Phillies acquire Jayson Nix from Orioles

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The Phillies announced this morning that they have acquired infielder Jayson Nix from the Orioles for cash considerations. He’s expected to report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Nix was batting just .167/.190/.198 across his first 100 plate appearances with the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate this season. The 32-year-old had stints with the Phillies, Pirates, and Royals last season while hitting just .120 with one home run and a .325 OPS over 91 games. He’s a .212/.282/.345 hitter in the majors and hasn’t been anything close to a productive player for a few years now.

At this point, Nix is just infield depth to have around in the minors.

Jim Crane thought the heat over sign-stealing would blow over by spring training

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The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.

After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.

Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.

Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:

Guess not.

In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?