VIERA, Fla. -- It was reported on Thursday that the Astros are in a need of a left-handed bat off the bench and are eyeing Nationals outfielder Laynce Nix, who signed a Minor League deal with Washington last month.
Nix is considered to be one of the best bench players in baseball. Last year, he hit .291 with four home runs and 18 RBIs in 165 at-bats for the Reds.
Nix, a Houston native, didn't have a reaction when he was told on Friday that Houston had interest in his services.
"It doesn't mean anything until it happens," Nix said. "It doesn't change anything I do. I'm getting ready for a season. It's real simple for me, because I just have to do what I have to do to play baseball."
Entering Friday, Nix was 4-for-17 [.235] with two RBIs this spring.