Thursday, February 3, 2011, 3:50 p.m.
By Mark ZuckermanCSNwashington.comNATIONALS PAGE NATIONALS VIDEO
The Washington Nationals have signed outfielder Laynce Nix to a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league camp this spring.
Nix, 30, hit .291 with four homers and 18 RBIs in 97 games with the Cincinnati Reds last season. In 483 career major-league games with the Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers and Reds, he has 48 homers and 142 RBIs.
A left-handed hitter, Nix faces stiff competition this spring. The Nationals already have five outfielders expected to make the Opening Day roster: Jayson Werth, Nyjer Morgan, Roger Bernadina, Rick Ankiel and Michael Morse. Utilityman Jerry Hairston also figures to get playing time in the outfield.