The Cubs have signed 30-year old lefty swinging 1B Brad Nelson to a minor league deal. Nelson played in 132 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers last year and he was 140 of 502 (.279 avg, .852 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 24 homers, 81 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He last played in the majors back in 2009 with the Brewers. He has played in 28 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 2 for 28 (.071 avg, .304 OPS) without a run scored, homer or RBI. Nelson will be a big time longshot to win a bench job with the Cubs next spring.