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  1. Reds sign Chris Nelson

    Jan 27, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

    Chris Nelson Getty

    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…

  2. 2013 Non-tender Tracker

    Dec 2, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    We’ll be writing up the non-tenders as they come in prior to Monday’s midnight deadline. These players immediately become free agents. AMERICAN LEAGUE Angels – RHP Juan Gutierrez, RHP Tommy Hanson, INF Chris Nelson, RHP Jerome Williams All of these were expected. Hanson and Williams would have cost upwards of $4 million apiece. Williams is…

  3. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 16, 2013, 6:46 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 5, Astros 0: Sonny Gray only has a couple of major league starts under his belt, but this one was a spiffy one: eight shutout innings, nine strikeouts. Of course a lot of guys have had spiffy starts against the Astros lately. Rule 5 pick Nate Freiman had himself a nice day too, going…

  4. Chris Nelson powers Angels to victory with eighth-inning grand slam

    Aug 15, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees

    Chris Nelson hit two home runs and drove in five, proving to be the difference as the Angels defeated the Yankees this afternoon. Nelson took Yankees starter Phil Hughes deep for a solo shot to right-center in the fourth inning, boosting the Angel lead to 3-1. In the eighth against lefty reliever Boone Logan with…

  5. Yankees get infielder Chris Nelson from Rockies

    May 1, 2013, 10:38 PM EDT

    chris nelson getty

    From MLB.com’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…

  6. Rockies promote Nolan Arenado, DFA Chris Nelson

    Apr 28, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

    nolan arenado getty

    As first reported by MLB.com’s Thomas Harding, the Rockies have promoted top prospect Nolan Arenado from Triple-A Colorado Springs and will make him their starting third baseman going forward. Chris Nelson, who had been getting the majority of playing time at the hot corner this season, was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot.…

  7. Handicapping the NL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 2, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jedd Gyorko

    The AL had an historic Rookie of the Year class last year, but this year, the NL appears to have the stronger group of the two leagues. The one issue: a lot of these talents are likely to have to wait until June or July for their opportunities, if they come this year at all.…

  8. Rockies name Chris Nelson starting third baseman, send Nolan Arenado to Triple-A

    Mar 28, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Seattle Mariners

    Chris Nelson will be the Rockies’ starting third baseman to open the season, which means top prospect Nolan Arenado is headed to Triple-A. Arenado was in the mix for the starting job in camp and hit well, but at age 22 and with zero experience above Double-A it makes sense for the Rockies to be…

  9. 2013 Preview: Colorado Rockies

    Mar 21, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Walt Weiss Getty

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Colorado Rockies. The Big Question: Can the Rockies dig themselves out of last place? The Rockies went 64-98 last…

  10. Nolan Arenado impressing in Rockies camp

    Mar 16, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Seattle Mariners

    Chris Nelson was thought by many to be a lock to open the 2013 season as the everyday third baseman, but a strong spring by 21-year-old prospect Nolan Arenado has put some pressure on the incumbent. Arenado is hitting .308 with four home runs in 26 at-bats in the Cactus League while Nelson has started…

  11. Rockies prospect Nolan Arenado off to hot start this spring

    Mar 4, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT

    Nolan Arenado Getty

    Chris Nelson entered spring training as the overwhelming favorite to open the season as the Rockies’ starting third baseman, but prospect Nolan Arenado is doing his best to force his way into the conversation. Arenado homered in his third consecutive game this afternoon against the Mariners, taking fellow prospect Taijuan Walker deep in the fourth…

  12. Rockies acquire reliever Wilton Lopez from Astros

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

    Wilton Lopez

    As the Denver Post’s Troy Renck first reported, the Rockies have acquired reliever Wilton Lopez from the Astros for right-handers Alex White and Alex Gillingham. Lopez was nearly traded to the Phillies for right-hander Tyler Cloyd and catcher Sebastian Valle last week, but the deal fell apart, reportedly because the Phillies’ physical brought up red flags.…

  13. Padres get 20 hits, lose to Rockies 11-10

    Sep 2, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

    Chase Headley

    San Diego outhit Colorado 20-11 and scored in seven innings to the Rockies’ three yet still took a loss in an 11-10 game at Coors Field on Sunday. The Padres became the first team in exactly two years to collect 20 hits in a nine-inning game and lose. It last happened on Sept. 2, 2010,…

  14. Josh Beckett gives up mammoth homer, takes loss in Dodgers debut

    Aug 28, 2012, 12:25 AM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett was rudely welcomed back to the National League on Monday, getting lit up by very first batter he faced, Tyler Colvin, on his way to taking a loss to the Rockies. Colvin launched an 0-1 fastball off the facing of the upper deck (here’s the video) to get the Rockies off on the right…

  15. Chris Nelson hospitalized with irregular heartbeat

    Jul 16, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

    Chris Nelson Getty

    Scary news to pass along, as the Rockies just announced that infielder Chris Nelson was admitted to a local hospital today and is undergoing tests for an irregular heartbeat. Nelson, a first-round pick of Colorado back in 2004, is hitting .256/.324/.411 with five home runs, 23 RBI and a .735 OPS in 58 games with…

  16. Troy Tulowitzki undergoes groin surgery, out 6-8 weeks

    Jun 21, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Troy Tulowitzki underwent groin surgery today, as expected, and the Rockies shortstop has been given an initial return timetable of 6-8 weeks. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Tulowitzki is already able to walk around following the operation, which removed scar tissue that was irritating a nerve in his groin. Returning in eight…

  17. Troy Tulowitzki to undergo groin surgery

    Jun 20, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    The Rockies finally know what’s ailing Troy Tulowitzki; he was diagnosed with a kind of athletic pubalgia most commonly known as Hockey Goalie/Baseball Pitcher Syndrome after another examination Wednesday. He’ll undergo surgery Thursday, and there is no timetable for his return. Hockey Goalie/Baseball Pitcher Syndrome is one of a number of different versions of athletic…

  18. Troy Tulowitzki lands on DL with groin strain

    May 31, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    The Rockies, currently 11 1/2 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West, will have to go it without their All-Star shortstop for the next couple of weeks, as Troy Tulowitzki was placed on the DL Thursday due to a strained left groin. Tulo had just been warming up at the plate, hitting four…

  19. Rockies release veteran third baseman Casey Blake

    Mar 27, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Casey Blake

    Casey Blake talked about possibly retiring following September neck surgery, but instead signed a non-guaranteed one-year deal with the Rockies and entered spring training atop the third base depth chart. Today the Rockies released Blake after the 37-year-old went just 3-for-20 with seven strikeouts while showing signs of not being fully healthy. This may be…

  20. Report: The Rockies remain interested in Mets’ infielder Justin Turner

    Jan 20, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    The Rockies’ efforts to acquire Marco Scutaro from the Red Sox fizzled rather quickly, but they aren’t ready to throw in the towel on their search for another option at second base. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies “remain strongly interested” in Mets’ infielder Justin Turner. This isn’t the first time…

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