I don't feel bad for Nix. Who cares if he has to cut someone to sign someone? Think abou it: what starter makes a poor salary? If he wanted to cut Fitz, for example, he'd have no trouble replacing him for $10 million or less. Thigpen, $4million, still easy.
Who would he try to cut that he couldn't replace, salary-wise? There's nothing to pity here.