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Chris Nelson | Third Baseman

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/3/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Phillies signed INF Chris Nelson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
The 29-year-old utility man appeared in 27 games for the Padres during the 2014 season, slashing .233/.296/.274 with seven RBI in 73 at-bats. His versatility should allow him to compete for a reserve role with the Phillies. Sat, Nov 22, 2014 02:25:00 PM

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Padres sent INF Chris Nelson outright to Triple-A El Paso.

Nelson cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this week. The 29-year-old hit just .233/.296/.274 over 27 games with the Padres.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 05:24:00 PM

Padres activated 3B Chris Nelson from the paternity leave list; designated him for assignment.

He hit just .233/.296/.274 over 27 games for the Padres and they've decided to give some younger guys a look.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 07:07:00 PM

Padres placed INF Chris Nelson on the paternity leave list.

Nelson will be back early next week. He's hit .233/.296/.274 in 27 games this season for the Padres.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 05:28:00 PM

Padres purchased the contract of INF Chris Nelson from Triple-A El Paso.

Nelson earned the promotion after batting .293/.422/.463 across 24 games after being inked to a minor league deal last month. He'll give the Padres some defensive versatility.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 03:06:00 PM

Padres signed INF Chris Nelson to a minor league contract.

He'll head to Triple-A El Paso, where he'll provide some depth for the Padres. Nelson batted .274/.330/.363 with four home runs and 38 RBI through 63 games at Triple-A for the Reds before exercising his opt-out clause.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 08:34:00 PM

Reds released INF Chris Nelson.

Nelson was batting .274/.330/.363 with four home runs and 38 RBI through 63 games in Triple-A, but apparently the Reds weren't planning to call him up. The 28-year-old should latch on elsewhere soon.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 05:07:00 PM

A source tells MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo that Chris Nelson won't opt out of his minor league contract with the Reds.

Nelson had an opt-out clause if he wasn't in the major leagues by May 6. The infielder is hitting .243/.316/.340 with Triple-A Louisville this season. He's got another opt-out option in 30 days.
Wed, May 7, 2014 11:40:00 PM

Reds re-signed INF Chris Nelson to a minor league deal; assigned him to Triple-A Louisville.

The deal includes a May 6 opt-out date. Nelson opted out of his previous minor league deal at the end of March, hoping to join the bench of another big league club, but the market was dry. Nelson will serve as organizational depth for the Reds.
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 03:36:00 PM

Reds released INF Chris Nelson.

Nelson exercised the opt-out clause in his contract. A non-roster invitee to Reds camp, Nelson hit .317/.348/.463 this spring but didn't do enough to make the club as a reserve infielder. He could get a look on the open market from a team looking for a bench bat.
Sat, Mar 29, 2014 04:51:00 PM

Chris Nelson's two-run single in the second inning on Friday provided all of the offense that the Reds would need in a 2-1 victory over the Rangers.

The 28-year-old is enjoying a nice start to Cactus League play, hitting .304 (7-for-23) with five RBI. With Jack Hannahan looking uncertain for Opening Day, there's a chance that Nelson could break camp with the big club.
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 12:52:00 AM

Reds signed INF Chris Nelson to a minor league contract.

The deal comes with an invite to big league camp. "I think it's a great opportunity, especially being in the National League," Nelson told "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." Bouncing between the Rockies, Yankees and Angels last season, Nelson slashed a disappointing .227/.273/.327. Cincinnati's infield would have to be ravaged by injuries for Nelson to have a chance at fantasy relevancy in 2014.
Mon, Jan 27, 2014 03:50:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Reds are close to a contract agreement with free agent infielder Chris Nelson.

It's likely a minor league deal. Nelson spent a nomadic 2013 season between the Rockies, Yankees and Angels' organizations, slashing .227/.273/.327 at the big league level. The 28-year-old is a career .268/.312/.399 hitter who can handle either second or third base at a subpar level.
Mon, Jan 27, 2014 01:09:00 PM

Angels non-tendered 3B Chris Nelson.

Nelson was in his first year of arbitration, but the Angels decided he didn't warrant a notable raise after batting .227/.273/.327 at the big league level in 2013. He'll have no trouble catching on as a utility player somewhere.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 09:02:00 PM

Chris Nelson (hamstring) ran the bases Tuesday.

Nelson was activated from the DL a week ago, but he's yet to play in a game. However, he's still hopeful of being ready to rejoin the lineup later this week. The infielder has been out since late August with a strained right hamstring.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 06:27:00 PM

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