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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Yankees acquire Chris Nelson for either cash or PTBNL

The New York Yankees have acquired third baseman Chris Nelson, the club announced Wednesday night in a press release.

Nelson was designated for assignment Sunday to make room for Rockies top prospect Nolan Arenado. In return for Nelson, the Rockies will get either cash considerations or a player to be named later. No matter which it is, the return will be relatively small, as it always is in cases like these. The reason is that once a player is designated for assignment, his club has 10 days to either trade him, release him or send him to the minors—thus, there’s very little leverage in trade talks.

Nelson, 27, was the Rockies’ first-round pick in 2004 out of Pasadena City College. He’s seen time in the majors at second, third and shortstop, but the overwhelming majority of his time has been spent at third base, and that’s where the Yankees have a current need with Kevin Youkilis—who was there to take Alex Rodriguez’s spot—on the mend.

Thanks to Los.

Repoz Posted: May 01, 2013 at 11:12 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Drexl Spivey Posted: May 02, 2013 at 12:35 AM (#4431465)
I wanted the Brewers to be in on this guy. He's not going to be a free-agent until 2018 and the Brewers have indicated that they are going to start YuniB at 1B once Aramis Ramirez returns.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 02, 2013 at 12:47 AM (#4431471)
The 2013 Yankees are Cano & the No-Names, plus the pitchers. Still might be good enough, if the Varsity comes off the DL in time to help out the JV squad. Those gritty, gutsy, scrappy underdogs are 17-10!
   3. Dan Posted: May 02, 2013 at 12:50 AM (#4431475)
Finally, the Yankees have found Jeter's successor!
   4. puck Posted: May 02, 2013 at 01:20 AM (#4431478)
He was a bad defender at 3rd. He played mostly shortstop in the minors, but the Rockies must have felt he couldn't handle second and short since they rarely played him at 2nd and kept Reid Brignac and Jonathan Herrera over him.

The Yankees got something out of Shawn Chacon, so he'll probably hit .350 for a couple months.
   5. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 02, 2013 at 02:31 AM (#4431491)
I think it's wonderful that Major League Baseball is openly acknowledging the PTBNL community.
   6. Fat Al Posted: May 02, 2013 at 09:44 AM (#4431600)
Primey for #5.
   7. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: May 02, 2013 at 09:59 AM (#4431621)
Do we know that players self-identify as 'to be named later'? Sure, there have been a few (Roberto Hernandez, Boof Bonser among them), but we've no reason to think that these people exists in the same numbers in MLB as they do in the general population.
Names exist along a continuum anyway...

I had no idea that Nelson's defensive numbers were so bad until the other day - wow.
   8. Cowboy Popup Posted: May 02, 2013 at 10:17 AM (#4431644)
Another side effect of keeping Ben Francisco on the 40 man roster. If they had cut him instead of David Adams, they wouldn't have to give anything up for Nelson because Adams would be on the 40 man and they could just call him up. Adams projects to hit better than Nelson and it appears he couldn't possibly be a worse defender. And it would have been nice to give a guy in the organization a shot in the Majors after he has worked through some horrific injuries over the past few years.

But hey, it's hard to replace the .133/.257/.233 line Francisco has given them while being a platoon DH. I guess you can't blame the front office for not having a plan B at third with a guy like Youkilis manning the position. Never would have imagined he might get hurt.
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 02, 2013 at 10:39 AM (#4431670)
He was a bad defender at 3rd. He played mostly shortstop in the minors, but the Rockies must have felt he couldn't handle second and short since they rarely played him at 2nd and kept Reid Brignac and Jonathan Herrera over him.


I can see keeping Herrera - he looks like a pretty good defensive second baseman, and is passable at shortstop. Brignac doesn't look like he's any better hitter than Herrera, and has been awful defensively. I don't see any reason to keep Brignac around.
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 02, 2013 at 05:03 PM (#4432214)
Joba Chamberlain to the DL with oblique strain.
   11. aberg Posted: May 02, 2013 at 05:15 PM (#4432220)
Do we know that players self-identify as 'to be named later'? Sure, there have been a few (Roberto Hernandez, Boof Bonser among them), but we've no reason to think that these people exists in the same numbers in MLB as they do in the general population.
Names exist along a continuum anyway...


In the case of Hernandez, and even Oviedo, they were really bi-named from the beginning. You can't tell me that a guy who tells everyone is name is one thing, but really has another name that he is keeping a secret, really only has one name.
   12. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: May 02, 2013 at 05:23 PM (#4432228)
MLB should retire Jose Uribe's uniform numbers for his efforts to eliminate the stigma of PTBNL.
   13. puck Posted: May 02, 2013 at 06:31 PM (#4432285)
Brignac doesn't look like he's any better hitter than Herrera, and has been awful defensively. I don't see any reason to keep Brignac around.

Yeah, that's been surprising as I thought Brignac came in with a good defensive rep.

They appear to be infatuated with him because he bats lefty, even though that doesn't seem to actually make him a good hitter against righties. And Herrera is a switch hitter.
   14. The District Attorney Posted: May 02, 2013 at 07:41 PM (#4432356)
the Brewers have indicated that they are going to start YuniB at 1B once Aramis Ramirez returns.
Hey, he's fifth in the league in RBI, tied with Ryan Braun...
   15. Bruce Markusen Posted: May 02, 2013 at 11:24 PM (#4432606)
Good pickup for the Yankees. Nelson at least has some offensive talent. Nix doesn't hit enough to play every day at third base; he needs to return to the utility role as soon as possible.
   16. Jim Wisinski Posted: May 03, 2013 at 12:58 AM (#4432672)
Yeah, that's been surprising as I thought Brignac came in with a good defensive rep.


Brignac has good defensive tools and should be an above average defender for the position but I think his miserable performance offensively from 2011 on is creating a confidence crisis or something and he's taking his struggles out into the field mentally.

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