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Yankees get infielder Chris Nelson from Rockies

May 1, 2013, 10:38 PM EDT

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From’s Bryan Hoch comes word that the Yankees have acquired infielder Chris Nelson from the Rockies for a player to be named later and cash considerations.

Nelson was designated for assignment by Colorado on April 28 to clear a roster spot for the arrival of top third base prospect Nolan Arenado. Nelson was batting just .242/.282/.318 in 71 plate appearances this season with the Rockies, but he had an .810 OPS in 377 plate appearances last year and can play all around the infield for New York.

Nelson has started 102 games at third base, 44 games at second base and two games at shortstop over the course of his four-year major league career. He’ll play primarily at third while Kevin Youkilis (back) is out.

  1. acdc363 - May 1, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Hopefully they traded A-rod for him

    • jwbiii - May 1, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Well, if the cash considerations were about $115M, could be.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 1, 2013 at 11:54 PM

        How about Buehrle tonight with another “3” HR game? He’s gonna be hard to beat for the AL HR title this year, he’s on pace for 52 dingers, i like his chances.

      • cackalackyank - May 2, 2013 at 12:01 AM

        Umm were commenting on a different thread maybe?

    • Caught Looking - May 1, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      Even if he came with $114 million they wouldn’t want to give up the roster spot to take him.

    • pisano - May 2, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      acdc363….one can only hope and pray for that.

  2. septi0609 - May 1, 2013 at 11:26 PM

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  3. cackalackyank - May 2, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Hmmm. Can’t help but wonder after seeing this if somebody’s headed from the 15 day to the 60 day DL. Anybody else with me on that?

    • jwbiii - May 2, 2013 at 1:16 AM


  4. mazblast - May 2, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Meh. He’s nothing special, but it may beat using Jayson Nix more. IIRC his career highlight came when he stole home against the Reds to win a game.

  5. randygnyc - May 2, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    I think this has very little to do with Youklis’ present condition, but rather an upgrade over Nix. In fact, I think Nix may be done soon with the Yankees. Yesterday, the Yankees brought up a back up infielder (normally a second baseman and I forget his name) when Youk went on the DL. Girardi didn’t look thrilled during his post game yesterday about having to use him. I think this remedies that issue.

    • uyf1950 - May 2, 2013 at 3:18 AM

      Corban Joseph is the Yankee Triple A player they called up. When Youkilis comes back Nix who originally signed a minor league deal with the Yankees this past winter will probably be headed back to WSB.

  6. jtpercell - May 2, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    So Chris Nelson, a former Rockie, will be taking the position from Jayson Nix, another former Rockie? It seems like the Yankees are becoming the Rockies East!

    • uyf1950 - May 2, 2013 at 3:21 AM

      Considering the Rockies have only been in existence 20 years, only made the postseason 3 times and only won more then 85 games 2 times in their history not much chance of that happening.

  7. albertmn - May 2, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    This truly is a different Yankees team. I don’t recall them adding too many players in past years that had been DFA. All in all, this is a pretty minor deal, but this and some of their other deals just illustrate that they are looking into other options instead of just throwing money or prospects at a trade.

    Maybe this new way of business will quiet the yankee fans that always post obscene trade ideas every time someone on the Yankees gets hurt. “Oh, Texeira might miss a week or two, so the Yankees will throw a middle reliever, a backup catcher, and a scrub minor leaguer at Team X and they will send back their superstar and be happy to do it to help out the Yankees!” Don’t laugh, because we have all seen those posts the last few years by yankee fans.

    • cackalackyank - May 2, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      I think the interesting thing about the Yankees getting so many players that were DFA’d is that there have been so many around to get. Maybe I was just in a trance in years past, but it seems this is almost a trend. Did the new CBA create a more advantageous path for clubs to DFA a player? I ‘m just asking a question. Is it me or has something changed?

  8. deathmonkey41 - May 2, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Probably be a lot more entertaining if it were Willie Nelson…plus he’d fit the age group better.

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