The Colorado Rockies summon Nolan Arenado from AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 28 April 2013 at 12:23 pm

The Colorado Rockies have called up 22-year old righty swinging 3B Nolan Arenado.  He came into this season as the Rockies’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America.  Arenado played in 18 games in AAA-ball this year for the Rockies and he was 24 for 66 (.364 avg, 1.059 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 3 homers and 21 RBIs.  He has played in 432 games in his five years in the minors for the Rockies and he was 501 of 1,675 (.299 avg, .818 OPS) with 224 runs scored, 49 homers, 286 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Arenado will likely take over as the Rockies’ starting 3B starting today.

The Colorado Rockies DFA Chris Nelson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Sunday 28 April 2013 at 12:20 pm

The Rockies have designated 27-year old righty swinging 3B Chris Nelson for assignment.  Nelson played in 21 games for the Rockies this year and he was 16 for 66 (.242 avg, .600 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and an amazingly bad 19 strikeouts.  Nelson played in 212 games in his four years with the Rockies and he was 172 of 616 (.279 avg, .738 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 13 homers, 73 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  The Rockies will likely try to deal Nelson, as there is no way I see him getting through waivers.  This was a surprising move to me as Nelson has played well for the Rockies in the past.

UPDATE:  (5/2/2013) – The Rockies have dealt Chris Nelson to the New York Yankees for either a player to be named later or cash.

UPDATE II:  (9/11/2013) – The Rockies have received 22-year old lefty reliever Yoely Bello from the Yankees to complete this deal.  Bello pitched in 16 games (0 starts) in Rookie ball for the Yankees this year and he was 0-2 with 1 save, a 6.29 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.  Bello has pitched in 61 games (1 start) in his first four years in the minors and he is 6-6 with 3 saves, a 3.98 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.

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