http://www.theclevelandfan.com/article_ ... hp?id=1901
6) Not Special Whatsoever
Trot Nixon came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with runners on second and third in a 9-6 ballgame and two outs. Nixon had walked and scored a run, but was otherwise 0-for-3 on the night. The next hitter was Garko., who was 3-for-4.
Garko finished the game 3-for-4.
I hate to say this, but Trot Nixon has that pleasant golden brown color and crusty aroma normally associated with heated slices of bread at breakfast. His OBP of .329 isn't very good, but at least it's higher than his slugging percentage of .325. THREE TWENTY FIVE! Let's put this in perspective: Josh Barfield slugs .341. Jason Michaels (Jason Michaels!) slugs .468! Let's put this into a slightly different perspective: it sucks! Aaah! Aaah! Aaaaaaaaaah!
Ok, I know that Dellucci is heading for the DL, and Choo is unavilable.....but man, I was hardly aware that Nixon has been this bad. A .325 SLG? Nixon is making Felix Fermin look like Albert Belle these days.
Nixon is clearly at the end of the line. No power. Can't run. Is subpar defensively. I don't see how we can stick with him the rest of the season. For as much as I get on Looch, at least he can still run and has shown flashes of power and that platoon split liked when we signed him.
The question is, does "good teammate and clubhouse presence" trump "shitty player" in this case? Are we willing to take what he gives us on the field, for what he arguably has brought to the team as a clubhouse presence and leader? Would a release or trade of Nixon actually have a negative impact on the team?