Yankees Acquire Chris Nelson

Colorado Rockies Spring Training in Scottsdale, Arizona

John Leyba, The Denver Post

The Yankees have acquired infielder Chris Nelson from the Rockies for cash considerations. Francisco Cervelli will be moved to the 60-day DL to make room for Nelson. To make room for him on the 25-man roster will require a bit more movement, and it’ll likely come with optioning Corban Joseph, though Ben Francisco could always be DFA’d.

I wrote about Nelson on Monday, but to sum things up, he’s a right-handed bat that they can stick at second base, short stop, and third base. He’s played primarily third, but was drafted 9th overall in 2004 as a short stop, and has enough experience there to fake it. Over his career, he’s OPS’d .738, which while strong for a middle infielder, isn’t particularly impressive when he’s playing half his games at Coors Field. That said, there are some interesting splits I included in my piece on Monday that indicate that he’s seen poor numbers due to small sample size.

Nelson was always a strong player in the minor leagues, and the Yankees tried to acquire him as recently as this offseason. It’ll be interesting to see how he preforms in a new ballpark and under the eye of Kevin Long.