Mets acquire OF Nixon from Diamondbacks

FLUSHING, NEW YORK (TICKER) —The New York Mets added some outfield depth after Friday’s 7-1 victory over the Texas Rangers, acquiring Trot Nixon from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash or a player to be named.

A veteran of 1,081 major league games, Nixon has spent this season with Class AAA Tucson of the Pacific Coast League, hitting .309 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 58 contests. The 34-year-old was a member of the Boston Red Sox for the first 10 years of his career before playing with Cleveland last campaign, when he batted .251 with three homers and 31 RBI in 99 games.

“The thing that I’ve heard about the guy, the guy is a gamer,” New York general manager Omar Minaya said. “He’s definitely a high on-base guy, he works the count and he will give you a tough at-bat.”

“He’s a hard-nosed player,” Mets third baseman David Wright added. “He’s a guy that’s going to go out there and get dirty. He’s a guy that plays with a lot of intensity, and I think that’s a good thing both on the field and in the clubhouse. He’s a guy that’s been on championship teams. He knows what it takes to win.”

A career .275 hitter with 136 blasts and 554 RBI who was a member of Boston’s world championship team in 2004, Nixon provides some much-needed insurance in the outfield for New York, which has placed both right fielder Ryan Church and left fielder Moises Alou on the disabled list over the last four days.

“I had it in the back of my mind,” Minaya said of making the trade. “The fact that Mo (Alou) went down, I felt that the opportunity arose, and we should capitalize on the opportunity.”

The Mets are expected to clear a roster spot for Nixon on Saturday.

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Updated Friday, Jun 13, 2008