Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Yankees Trade For Chris Nelson

It was announced on the LoHud Yankees Blog that the Yankees have traded for Colorado Rockies infielder Chris Nelson, who was set to be a free agent after being designated for assignment last week. It's not known what Colorado will receive for Nelson, but it's like either cash considerations or a player to be named later. LoHud also said that Francisco Cervelli has been moved to the 60-Day DL, which would open up a spot on the 40-Man and Active Rosters, but I don't see that as being official yet.

Last season, in 111 games, Nelson hit .301/.352/.458 for the Rockies. He's not getting off to a great start this season, batting only .242/.282/.318. Chris is a right-handed batter, but he doesn't have a big split at all against left-handed pitchers. In 664 career MLB plate appearances he's hit .274/.322/.418 against right-handed pitchers and .293/.323/.409 against lefties.

The fact that Nelson can play 3B makes him a better fit for the roster than Corban Joseph, since Kevin Youkilis was lost to a back injury. With the Yankees already having Jayson Nix as a backup infielder, I think Joseph's time in New York will be short.

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