The Yankees announced that they have acquired infielder Chris Nelson for cash considerations or a player to be named later. The Bombers moved Francisco Cervelli to the 60-day disabled list in order to make room on the 40-man roster for their newest acquisition.
We learned yesterday that the Yankees have had trade talks with the Rockies about Nelson, who was recently designated for assignment to make room for the promotion of Nolan Arenado. The 27-year-old posted a .242/.282/.318 slash line in 68 PA as the Rockies’ regular third baseman this season. Prior to that, he hit .284/.327/.427 in 593 PA from 2010-12.
Nelson has played mostly third and second in the majors, and also played shortstop in the minor leagues. With the Yankees, he’ll presumably provide extra support at third while Kevin Youkilis is on the mend.