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Jacob Nix kicked, tased, and arrested after breaking in someone’s doggie door

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Remember Jacob Nix?

Nix was an Astros draftee in 2014 but draft slot money complications caused them not to sign him, leading to him accepting a settlement. He went back to school for a year and then was drafted by the Padres in 2015. He spent five seasons in the Padres system before pitching nine less-than-great games for the big league club last year.

Nix was poised to join the Padres’ rotation this year but he tore his UCL. Rather than have Tommy John surgery he had platelet-rich plasma treatments and rehab before pitching six games in the minors this season. He’s in the Arizona Fall League now, trying to work back into shape, pitching just this past Friday.

Two days later at 3:30 in the dang morning, a Peoria, Arizona homeowner found him and another Padres farmhand trying to break in through his doggie door:

The homeowner reported to police that a man, later identified as 23-year-old Jacob James Nix, entered his home through a doggie door. The homeowner confronted Nix, kicking him one time in the face. Police say another man, 23-year-old Thomas Cosgrove, then reached through the doggie door to pull Nix out of the home.

As the two fled, the homeowner leaned out of the doggie door and deployed his Taser, striking Nix in the back, according to court records.

They were arrested a few blocks away. Nix and Cosgrove — a Padres 12th round pick in 2017 — have been charged with criminal trespassing. The Padres released a brief statement this afternoon saying they were aware of the incident but offering no further comment.

In other news, the Padres announced today that they will reveal their new brown uniforms for the 2020 season in early November:

For Nix and Cosgrove, it may be blaze orange or black and white stripes, depending on how the Peoria, Arizona jail rolls with that sort of thing these days.

Buster Posey has opted out of the season

Buster Posey has opted out
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Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”

Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.

Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.

In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.

A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.