Okay I was about to start a Young Guns for the Brewers when I saw Trot Nixon’s name on the roster. At first I thought it was a different one then I clicked on him and it was the same guy!
Trot Nixon was drafted by the Red Sox with the seventh pick in the 1993 MLB draft. He paved the way for Red Sox to wear go-tees (your welcome Youk 🙂 during the eleven seasons he spent in Boston. On September 21, 1996 he made his major league debut with the Red Sox. He became the starting right-fielder in 1999. That year he hit .270 with fifteen home runs, 103 hits, 52 RBI’s, and three stolen bases. In 2001 he had his breakout year with Boston hitting .280 with 88 RBI’s, 27 home runs, 150 hits, and seven stolen bases. Two years later in 2003 he had his best season ever batting .306 with 87 RBI’s, 28 home runs, 135 hits, and four stolen bases. The next year he helped the Red Sox come back against the Yankees in the ALCS going six for 29 with one home run and three RBI’s in that series. In the World Series he helped Boston sweep the Cardinals going five for 14. He only played in 48 games because he had a herniated disc. His carer then became a downward spiral after that. In 2006 he had only eight home runs and 102 hits. Nixon was not offered salary arbitration and the Red Sox signed J.D. Drew to take the right field spot. In January 2007 he signed a one year three million dollar deal with the Cleveland Indians. He batted .251 with three home runs that season. In the 2007 ALCS Nixon faced of against his former team the Boston Red Sox. Through the first four games Cleveland had a big lead three games to one but we all know how that season ended. The Red Sox came back to win the series and then sweep the Rockies in the World Series. In the ALCS he went three for seven with one RBI. In the 2008 offseason he signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. On June, 13 he was traded to the New York Mets for money. In 2008 he batted .171 with one home run, one RBI, one stolen base, and six hits in 35 at bats. On December 18 he signed a minor league deal with the Brewers with an invitation to spring training. It is very unlikely that he will get a starters sport since Ryan Braun, Mike Cameron, and Corey Hart are all in the outfield but he could get the role of the forth outfielder beating out Tony Gwynn Jr. Nixon is now 34 years old. This story shows how stardom doesn’t not last. Just like Andruw Jones. One minute you could be a star the next a nobody. So Mr. Nixon and Mr. Jones I hope you prove me wrong by having a great season.
Andruw Jones signed a one year minor league deal with the Texas Rangers today worth $500,000. The deal could be worth one million dollars if he gets 620 plate appearances this year. This offseason Jones was rumored to be traded from the Dodgers to the Mets. Jones is a five time all-star who was won ten Golden Gloves. Jones spent eleven outstanding years with the Braves then in 2007 he had a not so good year, batting .222, with 26 home runs, 127 hits, 94 RBI’s, and five stolen bases. That was still a great year just not an Andruw Jones type of year. In the offseason that year Jones signed with the Dodgers. In 75 games he batted .158, with three home runs, 33 hits, fourteen RBI’s, and zero stolen bases. Andruw is still a good fielder though. In 2008 he had a .993 fielding percentage which made his carer fielding percentage .991. This offseason the Dodgers released him after he agreed to defer $16 million of the $21.1 million he is owed. Jones is the third washed up player the Rangers have signed this offseason joining Omar Vizquel and Derrick Turnbow. Jones has some heath problems. Like the fact that he is overweight. Jones is not likely to be the starter in centerfield though because Josh hamilton is already in center. Jones could become the utility outfielder if he has a strong spring training. I think Andruw Jones will have a strong spring training and be the fourth outfielder but will get sent down in the middle of the season do to poor performances. I did take him off the list of possible center fielders I might want for fantasy baseball because when players are sent to the minors they can’t earn you points and because I don’t want a backup outfielder on my team as the starter. This is also some what of topic but would anyone buy my Andruw Jones autographed rookie card that is in mint for maybe thirty dollars. 😉
Ryan Howard signed a three year, $54 million dollar contract with the Phillies avoiding arbitration. Howard will get paid eighteen million dollars a year. Last season Howard took the Phillies to the World Series by batting .251 with 48 home runs, 146 RBI’s, one stolen base, and 153 hits. He did have 199 strike outs last year tying a carer high. He finished second in MVP voting in 2008 behind Albert Pujols. Howard has won many awards in his three year carer including, a Hank Aaron award, a Rookie of the Year, a silver slugger, a MVP, but has only made one all-star game. He did make two home run derby’s and won the 2006 one. Howard has a carer batting average of .279 with 177 home runs, 578 hits, 499 RBI’s, and two stolen bases. Last year in the playoffs he batted .269, with three home runs, fourteen hits, nine RBI’s, and zero stolen bases. Ryan Howard has a lot in common with Adam Dunn. Both strikeout a ton, both hit for power, both are one time all-stars, both can play first base, (but Howard plays it every day while Dunn also plays outfield) both bat lefty, both were born in November 1979 (Howard the 19th and Dunn the 9th) and the list goes on and on. Now I think Dunn will not get Ryan Howard money maybe twelve million dollars if he is lucky. If Ryan Howard wants to get into the Hall of Fame though he will have to cut down on strikeouts. Same thing with Adam Dunn.
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First- Sorry for the cheesy title.
Second- Sorry I didn’t blog yesterday. I was studying for a big test in science and had a basketball game, we won!
Third- B.J. Upton may miss opening day for the Rays.
Fourth- The Rays signed Gabe Gross.
Fifth- The Marlins are interested in Chad Cordero.
Sixth- The Brewers officially signed Trevor Hoffman.
Seventh- John Smoltz officially signed with Boston.
Eighth- Andruw Jones is close to leaving the Dodgers.
Ninth- Bartolo Colon is close to going back to the Chicago White Sox.
Tenth- My Celtics have won three in a row!
Eleventh- Cox Communications, a TV station in San Diego, got a new play by play guy for the Padres. Guess who it is??? My Godfather, Mark Neely!!! I’m not kidding, I swear.
Yesterday the Atlanta Braves signed former Boston Red Sox, Derek Lowe on a four year deal. I know some of my readers hoped that Derek Lowe would sign with the Red Sox. I thought he would sign with the New York Mets. The sinker baller was formerly with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The same day Boston officially signed former Atlanta Brave legend John Smoltz. The Braves now have a great rotation featuring of Lowe, Javier Vazquez who they traded for this offseason, Jair Jurrjens, Kenshin Kawakami, and the fifth spot is open to Tim Hudson who had tommy john surgery last year, Jorge Campillo, Jo-Jo Reyes, Charlie Morton, and James Parr. It will probably be Tim Hudson. The Braves are now interested in a power hitting right fielder to start and not Matt Diaz. They could also move Matt Diaz to centerfield. The Braves want Xavier Nady or Nick Swisher who are both on the New York Yankees. Nick Swisher hasn’t played a game with the Yankees because he was traded from the Chicago White Sox this offseason. Nady was with the Pirates then got traded to the New York Yankees in midseason. Swisher is under contact till 2011 while Nady will probably become a free agent at the end of the 2009 season. I think the Braves will trade for Swisher. I think the Yankees will want one or two minor leaguers and maybe Josh Anderson or Manny Acosta. The Braves will probably try to put a starting pitcher in there since they have nine. The deal will probably include Acosta though, because the Yankees have more “power.” If I was the G.M. of the Braves I would do the deal.