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12/08/11 7:24 PM EST

Nix officially signs two-year deal with Phillies

Free-agent outfielder Laynce Nix signed a two-year Major League contract with the Phillies on Thursday.

"We got to see Laynce a lot this year with Washington, and he is someone we had our eye on going into the offseason," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a release. "He will provide us with extra power off the bench from the left side and can play all three outfield positions."

Nix, 31, is a nine-year veteran who had impressive power numbers in 2011 with the Nationals, despite an overall average of .250 and on-base percentage of .299. The left-handed-hitting corner outfielder belted 16 homers in 324 at-bats with 44 RBIs.

The Phillies would be the fifth big league club for Nix, who was a fourth-round Draft choice by Texas in 2000 and broke in with the Rangers in '03. He is a lifetime .244 hitter.

Tom Singer is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow @Tom_Singer on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.