David Adams joins Yankees, Chris Nelson designated for assignment
David Adams will celebrate his 26th birthday by playing third base for the New York Yankees.
The Yankees purchased Adams’ contract from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, designating infielder Chris Nelson for assignment to make room on the active roster.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he hasn’t seen much of Adams in person, as injuries have kept him from doing much with the big league club in Spring Training, but his reports refer to Adams as “a baseball player” in the mold of Jayson Nix. Adams can play third base, second base and first base for the Yankees, though Adams deadpanned and said that his favorite position is hitting.
You may remember that Adams was, at one point, a piece that kept the Yankees from acquiring Cliff Lee near the Trade Deadline in 2010. The Mariners spotted a red flag in Adams’ medical report, initially thought to be a high ankle sprain and later confirmed to be a fracture, that prompted them to pull a pending deal off the table. Lee went to the Rangers instead when the Yankees balked at including Eduardo Nunez or Ivan Nova in a revised version of the deal.