Our long nightmare is over, as Jeff Nelson appears to be close to signing a minor league deal.
Now, Nelson hasn’t been effective for a while, but when he was in Safeco he was much more of a fly-ball pitcher than he’s been over the course of his career… and also enjoyed success here, especially beating up on right-handed hitters. If there was some difference in his approach or pitch selection and that wasn’t just a fluke, then maybe he goes back to it and a Winn-Reed-Ichiro! defense helps him out a lot. That seems unlikely though.
That said, he’s not getting the strikeouts like he used to. I’d be surprised if he was able to crack the bullpen, or return to effectiveness.