Rockies send infielder Chris Nelson to Yankees
The Yankees will also need to make a move on the 25-man roster in order to get Nelson in pinstripes by Friday. Joe Girardi confirmed they will eventually make that transaction. The likely move is to send back Corban Joseph to Scranton Wilkes-Barre.
"He's played third, he's played second," Girardi said of Nelson after the game. "I believe he was a first-round pick for the Rockies, so we feel that a right handed bat will help us. We're pretty left handed right now and we'll see. He's going to get a chance to play at some point."
Nelson, a native of Stone Mountain, Ga., was indeed the ninth overall pick in the 2004 amateur draft. The 27-year-old does add a right handed bat to a very lefty heavy Yankees lineup and can play multiple infield positions.
Brian Cashman expressed some concerns about Nelson's defense when he was asked the other day about the former Rockie, but he is coming off a very solid 2012 campaign. Nelson hit .301 (104-345) with 21 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 53 RBIs last season. He did strike out 84 times, but his offense seemed to flourish in his first real opportunity to play regularly. In fact, his .344 (62-for-180) batting average following the All-Star break led all National League third basemen.
So far this season, Nelson is at .242 (16-66), with one double, two triples and four RBIs in 21 games. He leaves Colorado, where there was a bit of a log jam, with highly touted Nolan Arenado on his coat tails to claim his spot.
Nelson has played in 212 career Major League games and will certainly get playing time once he arrives in New York.