by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/19/2013) The Angels added infielder Chris Nelson to the 25-man roster Sunday and optioned Luis Jimenez to Triple-A Salt Lake, MLB.com reports.
Nelson went 8 for 36 (.222) with two doubles in his stint with the Yankees, which designated him for assignment last week.
Angels claim Chris Nelson
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) The Angels claimed third baseman Chris Nelsonoff waivers from the Yankees and designated Scott Cousins for assignment in the corresponding move.
Nelson went 8 for 36 (.222) with two doubles in his stint with the Yankees.
Yankees designate Chris Nelson for assignment
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) The Yankees have designated third baseman Chris Nelson for assignment, the club announced Wednesday.
Nelson went 8 for 36 (.222) with two doubles in his stint with the Yankees. The club has called up David Adams, who couldn't be recalled until May 15 due to league rules, to replace him. Nelson's Yankees career was destined to be short-lived unless he knocked the cover off the ball.
Yankees give Chris Nelson first start
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) Yankees newly acquired third baseman will make his debut with his new team Saturday against the Athletics. Manager Joe Girardi gave Nelson the start at third and placed him sixth in the batting order in front of Lyle Overbay.
Nelson, who was acquired after being designated for assignment by the Rockies, replaces Jayson Nix, who had been seeing regular time at third with Kevin Youkilis injured.
Nelson was hitting .242 with the Rockies.
Chris Nelson catches on quickly
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Just a few days after he was designated for assignment, the Yankees reached an agreement with the Rockies to acquire third baseman Chris Nelson. The Yankees gave up cash considerations and a player to be named later.
Nelson was batted just .242 with a .600 on-base plus slugging percentage in 71 plate appearances with the Rockies, but he did put up an .810 OPS last season. It is unknown how the Yankees will use Nelson, but their infielders have struggled to hit, with the exception of second baseman Robinson Cano. Nelson could find playing time around the diamond.
Yankees interested in Chris Nelson
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) The Yankees have talked with the Rockies about third baseman Chris Nelson, The Star-Ledger reported Tuesday.
Nelson was designated for assignment over the weekend but the report hinted that New York would rather wait until the 27-year-old clears waivers rather than dealing for him.
Nelson batted .242 with four RBI in 21 games for Colorado.
Chris Nelson out of a job
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) Infielder Chris Nelson is looking for work after he was designated for assignment by the Rockies following Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks. Nelson, who has made a team-high 19 starts at third base, is expected to be replaced in the lineup by prospect Nolan Arenado, according to multiple sources.
The Rockies took Nelson off the 40-man roster after he hit .242 (16 for 66) with no home runs, one double, two triples and four RBI in 21 games.
Nelson got off to a disappointing start after finishing 2012 as one of the hottest hitters in the majors. Nelson had a .354/.392/.528/.920 slash line over his final 38 games last season, which helped him secure the starting third-base job heading into 2013. Arenado is now expected to play regularly for the Rockies.
Chris Nelson growing comfortable at third
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013) Rockies third baseman Chris Nelson returned to the lineup Sunday against the Padres after a day off.
Nelson singled in the second and finished 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored in a 2-1 victory. After earning the starting spot at third base last season, the 27-year-old is finally growing comfortable with playing the position.
"I know I'm in the National League and I need to know how to play a couple of different positions, but just now my focus is definitely on one goal," Nelson said. "It's definitely better than what I was doing before."
Nelson is hitting .273/.351/.273 with two RBI in 10 games.
Chris Nelson a Week 2 sleeper
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Rockies third baseman Chris Nelson's history suggests you buy into him as a Week 2 (April 8-14) Fantasy sleeper. The Rockies have six road games in Week 2 -- three at San Francisco and three at San Diego.
Nelson has a strong history against both NL West opponents. He's batting .386 with two homers, nine doubles and 14 RBI in 26 games against the Padres and is batting .339 with three doubles and seven RBI in 22 games against the Giants. He also has a career .447 average in nine games at PETCO Park, which was before they moved in the fences.
Lastly, Nelson has a good history against some of the pitchers he will face this week. He's batting .455 (5 for 11) against Madison Bumgarner, .667 (4 for 6) against Tim Lincecum and .500 (4 for 8) against Clayton Richard.
Chris Nelson collects hit in opener
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/2/2013) After dealing with an illness over the weekend, Rockies third baseman Chris Nelson was able to play in Monday's season opener against the Brewers. He went 1 for 4 in the 5-4 loss.
Nelson batted .255 (13 for 51) during the spring with two homers and seven RBI.
Chris Nelson starts opening day
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013) Rockies third baseman Chris Nelson started Monday's game against the Brewers.
Nelson missed the team's final spring game due to an illness. Nelson was slotted into the eighth spot in the order. The 27-year-old hit .301/.352/.458 in 377 plate appearances last season.
Chris Nelson works out with team, questionable for opener
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) Rockies third baseman Chris Nelson worked out with the team Sunday after missing the final game of the exhibition season in Salt Lake City with a stomach bug, MLB.com reports.
"I really was scared, and I said, 'I don't want to be around the team like this,'" Nelson said. "I called [Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger] and he told me, 'Don't come in and be around the players at all.'"
Nelson still hopes to play Monday at Milwaukee. Reid Brignac would take his place if he's unable to play.
Chris Nelson dealing with illness
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/30/2013) The Rockies hope third baseman Chris Nelson will be available for Monday's season opener against the Brewers after he was forced to sit out Saturday's exhibition game with a "stomach bug," according to MLB.com.
Nelson was sent to Milwaukee rather than traveling with the team to Utah for the spring finale.
"We bypassed Salt Lake with 'Nellie' and sent him to Milwaukee so he didn't pass that bug around," Weiss said. "We expect him to be ready to go on Monday."
If Nelson cannot play, Reid Brignac would be expected to get the start.
Not buying Chris Nelson as a sleeper
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/28/2013) You could make an argument for just about any player as a sleeper, and for Chris Nelson in particular, you could make a good one. From Aug. 22, which is about the time he took over as a full-timer, to the end of the season, he hit .354 with a .920 OPS. His recent minor-league track record more or less supports those numbers, and way back in 2005, Baseball America considered him a top prospect.
But I'm just not feeling it. At age 27, he took so long to deliver anything of substance that I'm tempted to think last year's "emergence" was simply the product of a small sample size. Plus, as good as Nelson was, he didn't offer much in home runs or stolen bases. In other words, he didn't do anything to distinguish himself from Jordan Pacheco or to make Rockies' fans forget about prospect Nolan Arenado.
Nelson's eligiblity at second base makes him a fairly valuable commodity in NL-only leagues, but that's the most I can say for him.
Chris Nelson wins Rockies' third-base job
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013)Chris Nelson has won the Rockies' third-base job, MLB.com reports. Nelson's main competition, Nolan Arenado, was sent to the minors Thursday.
Nelson hit .301/.352/.458 last year with nine home runs in 377 plate appearances. He had just a 103 OPS+, but the friendly effects of Coors Field make his line look good compared to the average NL third baseman last year, who hit .270/.333/.433 with 17 home runs per 600 plate appearances.
Nelson's playing time isn't completely safe, as he'll have to stave off Jordan Pacheco as well as a potential Arenado midseason call-up. But Coors Field isn't going anywhere, so Nelson can be a sneaky value in multiple formats, especially NL-only.
Chris Nelson expected to be starting 3B
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) Rockies infielder Chris Nelson is considered the favorite to win the starting third-base job, with prospect Nolan Arenado likely headed to Triple-A Colorado Springs to open the season, according to The Denver Post. The paper suggests, however, Arenado could be one Nelson cold streak away from being recalled. Nelson connected for his second spring home run Wednesday, but coming into the game he was batting .267 (12 for 45) with two doubles and six RBI in his first 16 spring games.
Nelson an emerging talent
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/21/2013)The Denver Post Rockies infielder Chris Nelson heads into exhibition games as the front-runner to win the starting third base job after a torrid finish at the plate in 2012. Nelson hit .345 with a .379 on-base percentage, .503 slugging percentage and .882 OPS in his final 53 games last season. "There's some thunder in his bat. I have been very impressed," Rockies new hitting coach.Dante Bichette said. Nelson's biggest hurdle could be his defense. "The angles are different," manager Walt Weiss said of Nelson transitioning from shortstop and second base. "Every once in a while you get caught in between and you get tough hops. I don't know if that's the case. The finer points of the position are going to come with experience for Nelly. He has good hands, he catches the ball, he has a strong arm. There are some things he does well. It's just experience at that position."