McCullough: Yankees have discussed Chris Nelson with Rockies

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Via Andy McCullough: The Yankees have discussed infielder Chris Nelson with the Rockies recently, but they don’t appear to have a ton of interest in trading for him. He was designated for assignment over the weekend and New York actually showed some interest in acquiring him back during the Winter Meetings. I wrote about him as a possible target just yesterday.

Nelson, 27, put up a .242/.282/.318 (51 wRC+) batting line in 71 plate appearances with Colorado before getting cut. He is one year removed from a 105 wRC+ though, plus he can play all three non-first base infield positions in a pinch. The Yankees desperately need some infield help while Kevin Youkilis is on the DL — Corban Joseph is a utility infielder in theory only given his defensive issues — so Nelson would help them out in the short-term. Even if it’s only a two-week thing while Youkilis is out, he fits their current needs better than their internal options.

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  • Mick taylor

    If Tex or yuk cannot comeback and play this year I would like to see yanks get Michael young to play 3rd base if the phillies make him available

    • Bob Buttons
    • DInnings

      Yeah, Philly is trading a career .302 hitter who’s currently batting .341 in the NL to the Yanks in May. C’mon man. Besides that, Young would cost at least one top prospect he’s not worth long-term. Philly would have leverage over the Yanks.

      The Yanks should just call up David Adams and let’s see what he can do. Can he suck worse than Jayson Nix? Take away Nix’s two-run homerun off Justin Verlander in the first week of the season and he’s been only slightly better than a pitcher batting.

      Maybe Adams hits a homerun and drives in three runs in his major-league debut and if he did that guess what? That’s as many homeruns and one less RBI than Nix has produced in April. Btw this isn’t me knocking Nix like alot of you knuckleheads do. He’s not an everyday player, never was/will be, and it’s showing in his slashline.

  • MannyGeee

    I am to assume Nelson has no options left, so I can see the hesitance to trade for the dude. He’ll be the shortest of short term solutions, and will end up becoming a roster casualty when one of the more oft injured dudes comes back (for what we hope will be for good)…

  • Overlays Cold Sore

    Nelson isn’t good and the Yanks aren’t desperate for more terrible hitters. This is a silly suggestion to make when it’s April and you don’t know what internal options actually will provide until they get a shot.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      I think the idea is he could fill in until one of the internal options (Adams, Musty) was actually available, or until Youk gets back, whichever comes first.
      That said, hopefully they can find somebody better.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Nelson hits like Chris Stewart outside of Coors field and he’s terrible defensively at 3rd and 2nd base. Other than that, he’d be a fine addition.