CLEVELAND -- The Indians' new third baseman is their old second baseman.
The Tribe traded Jhonny Peralta to the Tigers in order to get a look at their internal options for the hot corner for 2011 and beyond, and Jayson Nix is going to get the first crack at the position. Andy Marte will continue to serve as the backup at third, and Luis Valbuena will bounce around between second, short and third.
Prospect Jared Goedert, whose eye-popping statistics at Triple-A Columbus have made him a hot topic among fans, will remain in the Minors for now. Manager Manny Acta said that Goedert (17 homers, 1.030 OPS in 46 games at Columbus) will likely be a September callup.
Nix had been the Tribe's regular at second for about three weeks after the club claimed him off waivers from the White Sox in late June. But when Asdrubal Cabrera returned from the disabled list, Jason Donald went from short to second, and Nix became a utility guy.
Now Nix has another chance to show what he can do with consistent playing time, something that has been difficult for him to come by in his Major League career.
"It's a good opportunity," Nix said. "Any time you're in the lineup, it's a good thing. We'll see where it goes."
Nix's start at third for Thursday's series finale with the Yankees was the 21st of his career. He made 12 starts for the Sox at that spot earlier this season.
Though Nix, who is batting .255 with six homers and 12 RBIs in 24 games with the Tribe, is most comfortable at second, he said that he has the arm to handle the move to third.
"You see me throw that guy out from left field?" he asked with a smile, referring to his outfield assist in Minnesota last week.