Re: Nix re-signed
By April 5, there could be some candidates to take off the 40-man, depending on injuries and other things (Lincoln, Bray, Sutton, etc.). You could just put Volquez on the 60-day DL.
I don't think Nix being on a non-roster deal in any way impacts where he stands as far as making the club. If he was good enough to be on the team on October 1, 2009, unless they have someone better, he should be good enough on April 5, 2010. That being said, if they decide to give a younger player a shot, such as Francisco or Heisey, Nix or Balentien would be on the bubble. So you have Bruce, Stubbs, Dickerson, Balentien, Nix, Tavarez, and we will see about Gomes. If they bring back Gomes, that is seven. Six would likely make it. A young guy could bump someone else.