Infielder Chris Nelson is close to wrapping up a deal with #reds, says a baseball source.According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Reds are "close to wrapping up a deal" with free agent infielder Chris Nelson.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 27, 2014
The Georgia native split the 2013 season between the Rockies, Yankees, and Angels, where he batted a combined .227/.273/.327 with three home runs and 24 RBI.
A former first round pick (9th overall) by Colorado in the 2004 draft, Nelson has played majority of his defensive innings at third base, with some time spent at second and shortstop, too.
A career .268/.312./.399 hitter in 820 plate appearances, Nelson has obviously failed to live up to his "first round" draft potential, but at 28-years-old still has time to turn that around.
Update: C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that Nelson will receive a minor league deal with an invite to the major league spring camp.
#Reds announce they signed former first-round pick IF Chris Nelson to a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league camp
— ctrent (@ctrent) January 27, 2014