the title says it all, Trot Nixon released. A player for whom it once looked like the sky was the limit, now can't even make it as a reserve. After 8 full seasons with the Boston Red Sox, where he achieved solid numbers, he now seems unable to even put the ball in lay.
After signing a big contract with the Sox, Nixon was plagued by a mysterious back injury (injured while on the plane flying to spring training?), and has been on a systematic decline ever since, seeing his batting average fall 10-15 points per season. Worse, his once 30 homer, 10 steal potential is all but evaporated. In 2007 while playing for the Indians, Nixon could only amass 3 homers and 0 steals in 307 at bats. So low was manager Eric Wedge's confidence in him, he sat him on the bench during the ALCS against his former club. He was on the Mets roster in 2008, but that is about all you can say about 2008.
Summation, Nixon was once a fan favorite for Boston, always seeming to come up with big plays against the Yankees. Those days however are long gone. Judging by his spring training performance with the Brewers before he was released, 4 for 38, it seems his only course left is retirement. His 12 season totals stand at .274, 137 homers, 555 RBI, but the past few seasons have been almost embarrassing. Time to hang up the cleats and give golf a try Trot.