Yankees acquire Nelson

The Yankees have acquired Chris Nelson from the Colorado Rockies for cash or a player to be named later. Nelson, 27, hit .242 for the Rockies this season. He made 19 starts at third base. He will give the Yankees depth there behind Jayson Nix.

Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson

#4 3B
Colorado Rockies

2013 STATS

  • GM21
  • HR0

  • RBI4

  • R6

  • OBP.282

  • AVG.242

Corban Joseph will likely be sent down, but Joe Girardi said no decision has been made. At the moment, the Yankees have moved Francisco Cervelli to the 60-day DL to make room for Nelson on the 40-man.

In 2012, Nelson hit .301. His .344 average (62-for-180) led all NL third baseman after the All-Star Break. He was the ninth pick in the 2004 draft. Here is the press release:

The New York Yankees tonight announced they have acquired infielder Chris Nelson from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

Nelson, 27, appeared in 21 games with the Colorado Rockies this season before being designated for assignment on April 28, batting .242 (16-for-66) with one double, two triples and four RBI. He made 19 starts, all at third base, committing three errors in 48 total chances. He is a career .279 (172-for-616) hitter with 33 doubles, six triples, 13 home runs and 73 RBI in 212 games over parts of four seasons with the Rockies (2010-13). Selected by Colorado in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, the utility infielder has made appearances at third base, second base, and shortstop, combining for a .947 career fielding percentage.

He spent his first full season in the Majors in 2012, batting .301 (104-for-345) with 21 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 53 RBI in 111 games with the Rockies. His .344 (62-for-180) batting average following the All-Star break led all National League third basemen.

In a corresponding move to make room on the 40-man roster, C Francisco Cervelli was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.