Report: Rockies will sign Alexi Amarista
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.