Re­port: Rock­ies will sign Alexi Amarista

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Pa­trick Saun­ders Pa­trick Saun­ders: psaun­ders@den­ver­post.com or @psaun­der­sdp

After mak­ing two big off­sea­son moves, the Rock­ies have be­gun adding some vet­eran depth, hav­ing re­port­edly agreed to a one-year deal with util­ity player Alexi Amarista.

The deal was re­ported Mon­day by FanRag Sports’ Jon Hey­man. The Rock­ies have not con­firmed the deal, and the fi­nan­cial terms of the deal are not known. This off­sea­son, the Rock­ies signed Ian Des­mond to a five-year, $70 mil­lion con­tract to be their pri­mary first base­man, and also signed left­handed re­liever Mike Dunn to a three-year, $19 mil­lion deal.

Rock­ies man­ager Bud Black knows Amarista well, hav­ing man­aged him for more than four sea­sons in San Diego. The lighthit­ting Amarista’s best sea­son was 2014, when he played in a ca­reer-high 148 games and hit .239 with a .286 on-base per­cent­age.

Amarista, 27, has posted a .230/.276/.320 line over his seven big-league sea­sons and has played ev­ery po­si­tion ex­cept for catcher and first base. Amarista, a 5-foot-6, 160pounder from Venezuela, likely will com­pete with Cristhian Adames for play­ing time as an in­fielder off the bench. The Rock­ies have not re-signed vet­eran util­i­ty­man Daniel Descalso, who re­mains a free agent.

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