The Rays announced today that they have signed infielder Jayson Nix to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Nix has spent parts of six seasons in the big leagues including 87 games with the Yankees last season when he hit .236 with a .308 OBP (.279 wOBA), 3 home runs and 13 stolen bases. Nix is also a plus-defender that can play second base, shortstop, third base, and both corner outfield positions.
In addition to Nix, the Rays also announced that Jerry Sands cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to triple-A Durham along with an invitation to spring training. Sands had been designated for assignment shortly after being claimed on waivers. The Rays needed to make room on the 40-man roster for Pedro Figueroa.