MLB Free Agency: Cincinnati Reds sign Chris Nelson

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In an effort to add more depth to their infield, the Cincinnati Reds signed Chris Nelson to a minor league deal on Monday.

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick first reported the deal:

The Colorado Rockies selected Nelson with the 9th overall pick in the 2004 draft. Originally a shortstop, he was displaced by the presence of Troy Tulowitzki and was therefore forced to try and carve out a future at either second or third base. While those are now his positions, he was never able to gain much traction with the organization at either spot.

A career .268/.312/.399 hitter, Nelson caught on with the Yankees and Angels after the Rockies released him last May. Overall for the 2013 season he batted a meek .221/.269/.331. He possesses a unique combination of athleticism and power that one seldom finds in a utility infielder. Unfortunately his game still is not very polished, and he has reached the point where he is what he is as a player.

The Reds will hope that Nelson can bolster their bench and be available to spell Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips.

Topics: Chris Nelson, Cincinnati Reds

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