Chris Nelson will finally stick around somewhere for a while, although unfortunately for him it’ll be Triple-A. Nelson went from the Rockies to the Yankees to the Angels in the span of three weeks last month, first being traded and then being claimed off waivers.
Both times he was a short-term stop gap for a team in need of some infield help, but this time the Angels designated Nelson for assignment and the 27-year-old former top-10 pick cleared waivers. That means the other 29 teams passed on him and Nelson will remain in the Angels’ organization at Triple-A, which is quite a fall considering he was the Rockies’ starting third baseman for much of last season and hit .301 with an .810 OPS (thanks mostly to Coors Field, but still).
SNY’s Andy Martino reports that the Mets are close to a deal with free agent Jose Bautista. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as the Mets were rumored to be interested in him on Monday, a day after the Braves released him.
Bautista, 37, struggled to a .593 OPS in 40 plate appearances with the Braves. He’s coming off of his worst season as a regular, as he hit .203 in 157 games last year with the Blue Jays.
Bautista mostly played in the outfield for the Jays, but played third base for the Braves. The Mets need depth at both third base and in the outfield due to injuries to Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, and Juan Lagares.
It will be interesting to see who loses their roster spot to accomodate Bautista. I suggested earlier it should be Jose Reyes.