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Brandon Chaves traded to Camden for Bryant Nelson

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The York Revolution and Camden Riversharks swapped utility infielders on Sunday, following the final game of the first half.  In a one-for-one trade, York unloaded 2B/SS Brandon Chaves to Camden, and Bryant Nelson returns to the Revolution, whom he played for at the tail end of the 2011 season.

Chaves should get an opportunity to play more with the Riversharks after appearing in just 22 games with the Revolution, batting .127 with 5 RBI.  Nelson will now assume the utility role off the bench for York, with his ability to play at any infield or outfield spot.  In 42 games for Camden this season, he hit .238 with 18 RBI.

Nelson was key figure in the Revolution’s second-consecutive championship three seasons ago.  After beginning the season in Europe, playing in the Italian Baseball League, Nelson joined York for the stretch run, appearing in 31 games.  He hit .283 with three home runs and 19 RBI in that time, helping push the Revolution to a second-half Freedom Division title and a playoff berth.  In Game 1 of the Division Series against Lancaster, a series York would ultimately win in the full five games, the switch-hitter belted a walk-off home run to right field for a Revolution victory at then-Sovereign Bank Stadium.

Nelson does have 25 games of MLB experience, when he hit .265 (9-for-34) and knocked in two runs for the Red Sox way back in 2002.

-Paul Braverman

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