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Reds sign Chris Nelson

Jan 27, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

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Chris Nelson, who bounced around with three different teams last season, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Reds.

Nelson hit .301 with nine homers and an .810 OPS in 111 games for the Rockies in 2012, which was his first full season at age 26, but he took a big step backward last season while hitting just .227 with a .600 OPS for the Rockies, Yankees, and Angels.

Without Coors Field on his side Nelson is never going to be an impact hitter, but he can play third base, second base, and even shortstop in a pinch and the former first-round pick wouldn’t be a bad bench option for Cincinnati.

  1. jonrox - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    I can’t wait for the Reds to win the AAAA championship.

  2. metalhead65 - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    what a great way to improve the team! a guy who hit ,227 and played for 3 different teams last year is just what they need to put them over the top. another sub .250 hitter but hey at least he has plenty of big league experience and is not a ex-cardinal.

  3. Marty McKee - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Well, pencil in the Reds as 2014 World Series Champions!

  4. stoutfiles - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    The Reds don’t have money to get players better than this. Hopefully a few of these guys can get back to hitting well. At least he’s just a utility player.

  5. tjvalley - Jan 27, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    He’s a good depth guy. Nice to have but not the answer.

  6. thomas844 - Jan 27, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    GABP is a hitter’s park, not as much as Coors, but still, perhaps he can still get back on track. Not saying the guy will be an everyday player but he can help the team. He and Shumaker will hopefully provide more offense off the bench than Hannahan and Izturis did in 2013.

  7. kcfanatic - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Craig T Nelson is too old to play baseball

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