The Arizona Diamondbacks had signed veteran Trot Nixon in spring training as insurance in case Chad Tracy, coming off microfracture surgery, would not be healthy enough to begin the season. Even though Tracy was not ready, the team decided instead to give the final roster spot to outfield prospect Alexander Romero.
Nixon performed very well in Triple-A, batting .309 with 10 homers and a .995 OPS. Yet he would never get a chance to contribute to an Arizona Diamondbacks offense that struggled to a .244 batting average and .731 team OPS in May. In an appropriate bit of timing, Nixon's trade was announced just hours prior to Chad Tracy's extra-inning walkoff homer against the Royals.
The New York Mets had been desperate for outfield help all year, but even more so with Moises Alou returning to the disabled list. They are expected to clear a roster spot for Nixon on Saturday.
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