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January 20, 2007
BASEBALL: Trotting to Cleveland

So Trot Nixon, discarded by the Red Sox in favor of JD Drew, heads to the Indians for a bargain-basement, 1-year, $3 million deal. A fine deal for the Indians, who can always use another guy who gets on base and has some pop. Presumably, Nixon and David Dellucci will both be platooned in the outfield corners with the righthanded Jason Michaels and Casey Blake.

It's hard to believe now, but there was a time when Red Sox fans were skeptical at best of dealing Nixon for Sammy Sosa, then in his prime (I was even skeptical myself in one of my earliest columns for the BSG site, though the Sox sure could have used Sammy in 2001-03).

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As a DRay ticket holder, I have seen 90% of Trot Nixon's career HR's and 99% of those seemed to be grand slams. I think he is going to be another LH hitter that won't hit outside of Fenway...If Freddy Lynn had stayed he would be in the HOF...

Posted by: LEW at January 20, 2007 10:19 PM

Actually, Nixon has generally been a better hitter away from Fenway. Over nearly the same number of ABs home vs. away in his career he is .281/.464/.372 and .274/.492/.361 but he has only 48 HRs and 231 RBIs at home vs. 85 HRs and 292 RBIs away. Nixon has pretty much been a pull-hitter or dead center hitter his whole career and as a lefty in Fenway (unless you are Ted Williams) that is a bad make-up. Nixon might be somewhat washed up as a power hitter but in 300-350 ABs he might be able to stay healthy, provide some leadership and do some hitting in the clutch. Was somewhat sad to see him go but more because of the type of player he was and the link he had to the past (2004 WS team).

Posted by: jim at January 22, 2007 2:54 PM
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