Cleveland, OH --- The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent of Trot Nixon to a one-year Major League contract for the 2007 season.
Nixon, 32, has spent his entire professional career to date with the Boston Red Sox after being selected in the first round (7th overall) in the 1993 draft out of Wilmington, NC and was named high school Player of the Year by Baseball America. Nixon enjoyed a 10-year Major League career with Boston from 1996-2006, hitting .278 (912-3285) with 204 doubles, 28 triples, 133 home runs and 523 RBI in 982 games over the span. In 2001 he was named team MVP (.280, 27HR, 88RBI) and in 2003 when he hit .306 (135-441) with 28HR & 86RBI in 134 games, finishing 5th in the AL in slugging % (.578), 7th in on-base % (.396) and 8th with a home run per at bat ratio of 15.8AB/HR. Nixon appeared in 38 post-season games over 5 seasons with the Sox and hit .357 (5-14) with 3 2B & 3RBI in the 2004 World Series Boston win over St. Louis.
In 2006 Trot hit .268 (102-381) with 24 doubles, 8 homer and 52RBI in 114 games. He compiled an on-base percentage of .373 after drawing 60 walks over the 114 games, hit .311 (82-264) in the first half with 6HR & 43RBI in 78 games and hit .288 (83-288) off RHP. His best month came in June when he hit .386 (32-83) with 11 2B, 1HR & 14RBI in 25 games before missing all of August with a strained right biceps tendon. Trot ended his Red Sox career with 133 home runs and a .478 slugging %, which rank 17th and 12th, respectively, in the 106-year history of the Boston Red Sox organization. Only Dwight Evans (2,026G) has appeared in more games for the Red Sox in right field than Nixon's 869 since 1950.
Cleveland Indians Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark Shapiro on today's announcement - "The addition of Trot Nixon not only gives our club another quality outfielder who excels against RHP, but it gives our team another veteran presence with championship experience and adds to the overall depth of our organization and Major League club for 2007."
To make room for Nixon (who will wear #33) on the 40-man roster the Indians have designated RHP Jeremy Guthrie for assignment.