- Andrew Marchand, ESPN Senior Writer
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The Yankees acquired Chris Nelson from Colorado on Wednesday night because they needed someone who can play third with Kevin Youkilis now out.
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"He is a filler guy," an AL scout said Thursday morning. "He is an extra guy. He can't hit with enough power to be a regular third baseman. His value as a utility man is hurt because he can't play short."
In 2011, he had an OPS of .810, but he was much better in the Colorado air with a .911 OPS compared with .709 on the road. Six of his nine homers did come away from Coors.
This season, rookie Nolan Arenado, the Rockies' top prospect, made Nelson available. Nelson had a .600 OPS so far and nowhere to play. So now he is an upgrade over Corban Joseph, who is much more of a second baseman than a third baseman.