Reds sign Chris Nelson
The Reds have a Minor League deal with infielder Chris Nelson that comes with an invite to big league camp. The deal was agreed to on Sunday.
“I think it’s a great opportunity, especially being in the National League,” Nelson told my MLB.com colleague, Thomas Harding. “I have a chance to be a utility man, and with the double-switches there could be a chance for playing time. It could be a good fit for me.”
Nelson sometimes works out in the off-season with Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips. Both attended Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Ga.
“It’s exciting having the chance to play with Brandon,” Nelson said. “I always enjoyed watching him on TV, and getting with him during the winter every now and then.”
The Reds confirmed the signing. Nelson will be part of a mix of guys seeking backup infield spots. Already on the club is Skip Schumaker and Jack Hannahan. Henry Rodriguez will also be in camp.
Nelson, 28, is a .268/.312/.399 hitter in 255 career big league games over four seasons. He was the ninth overall Draft pick in 2004 by the Rockies. Last season, he played for Colorado, the Yankees and Angels and batted .227 in 64 games.
Most of Nelson’s experience is at third base (177 games) and second base(56 games) but he has played a little bit at shortstop (three games).