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Yankees trade for 3B Nelson

 
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The Yankees’ seemingly never-ending search for reinforcements continues.

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Third baseman Chris Nelson became the team’s newest member Wednesday night, arriving from the Rockies in a trade for future considerations.

The Yankees’ news release said that the team would send cash or a player to be named to the Rockies. However, a source said the Rockies might choose a larger amount of cash in lieu of the player.

The Rockies had designated Nelson for assignment on Sunday after promoting their top prospect, Nolan Arenado, to be their everyday third baseman. The Yankees had a need at third base after placing Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list Tuesday with a lumbar spine sprain.

Nelson, 27, was batting .242 with a .600 OPS in 71 plate appearances at the time he was designated, and also had made three errors in 48 chances. A Yankees official had said Tuesday that the team “maybe” had interest in Nelson, but was concerned about his defense.

The Rockies liked Nelson, who batted .344 with an .881 OPS after the All-Star break last season, but viewed Arenado as a player with higher upside both offensively and defensively.
 

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