Following win number 17 on the young season on Wednesday night, a 5-4 victory over the visiting Houston Astros, and in wake of the recent disabled list stint for third baseman Kevin Youkilis, the New York Yankees made a trade for a veteran utility infielder.
The Yankees sent cash and a player to be named later to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for 27-year-old infielder Chris Nelson. With the move, it is expected Nelson will take on the bulk of the work at third base, with Jayson Nix moving back to the bench.
The Rockies designated Nelson for assignment on April 28, which correlated with the Yankees move of Youkilis to the disabled list, and it had been rumored the Yankees had interest in the right-handed batter.
While Nelson had spent the majority of his time as a Rockie in the minor leagues, after being drafted by the organization in 2004, he saw a considerable jump in playing time in 2011. However, he struggled in his first full tilt with the Rockies big club.
Never the less, in 2012, Nelson would settle into a full-time Major League role, splitting starts at third base. On the season, he would carry a .301 batting average, with nine home runs and 53 RBIs, all career bests.
This season, in 66 at-bats, Nelson has garnered 16 hits, with four RBIs and no home runs. Additionally, he has also struck out 19 times, of course all prior to being designated for assignment.
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