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The former 2004 first-round pick took a while to get to the major leagues, but he made his impact felt in 2012.
But after struggling to start 2013 with the Colorado Rockies, Chris Nelson was designated for assignment before spending time with the New York Yankees and finally the Los Angeles Angels to wrap up his season.
In all, he batted just .227/.273/.327 with three homers and 24 RBI in 64 contests, failing to ever establish any momentum with any of his three teams, as he was non-tendered by the Angels and made a free agent.
According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, the 28-year-old Nelson is expected to make $1 million this offseason in his first year of arbitration eligibility, so he wouldn't cost much in 2014.
If Nelson could be anything close to his 2012 form, he would be a steal. Although advanced defensive metrics suggest he struggled in the field, he batted .301/.352/.458 with nine HRs and 53 RBI in 111 games for Colorado that season.
Last year's slow start derailed his season before it even got started, but in today's landscape, $1 million isn't much for a player with Nelson's potential.