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Reds Sign Chris Nelson

It was the one glaring spot on the roster that still had a void going into Spring Training, and the Reds filled it earlier this afternoon.

By bringing on utility infielder Chris Nelson, the Reds have now managed to finagle a back-up shortstop onto the roster in order to spell Zack Cozart from time-to-time. 

Nelson has not appeared at shortstop in a game since 2012 as a member of the Rockies, as he has primarily operated from second and third base in his substitute role.

Last year was quite the tumultuous season for Nelson, as he was a member of three separate organizations in the Colorado Rockies, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels.  His numbers were certainly nothing spectacular, batting .221 with 3 homeruns and only 20 RBI’s. 

One trait that Nelson does possess is speed.  He has never been able to rack up stolen base totals, but when in open space on the basepaths, Nelson can really fly. 

Reds fans may remember Nelson from just a few years ago, when during a contest against his former employer, the Colorado Rockies, Nelson stole home plate off pitcher Nick Masset to win the game.  Now, Nelson brings his speed and versatility to the Reds, where he hopes that he can finally latch onto a club for more than a few months at a time.

Nelson is currently 28 years old, and has signed a Minor League contract with an invite to Big League Spring Training.

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