The Reds have released third baseman Chris Nelson, tweets Jamie Ramsey, the club’s assistant director of media relations. The 28-year-old exercised an opt-out in his minor league deal, according to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com (via Twitter).
Nelson re-signed with Cincinnati after opting out of his original minor league deal at the end of the spring. On the year, he has logged 261 plate appearances with a .274/.330/.363 triple-slash and four home runs at Triple-A Lousiville.
He bounced around last year, going from the Rockies to the Yankees and then the Angels. All said, he compiled a .227/.273/.327 line in 227 plate appearances. Once a top prospect, Nelson’s best year as a big leaguer was his .301/.352/.458 campaign for Colorado in 2013.