The Colorado Rockies bolstered their defense and provided their young pitching staff with an experienced veteran behind the plate Monday when they finalized a $6.25 million, two-year contract with catcher Nick Hundley.
His signing creates some uncertainty about Wilin Rosario’s playing time – if not his future – in Colorado. Rosario has plenty of pop at the plate but passed balls and wild pitches are something the Rockies need to cut down on to jumpstart their rebuilding process.
The Rockies have tried playing Rosario at first base with mixed results.
Hundley, 31, played for San Diego from 2008-14 and was traded to Baltimore last May 24. He hit .243 last year with six homers and 22 RBIs in 83 games.
After playing in pitcher-friendly Petco Park, Hundley’s numbers figure to get a boost from playing at altitude.
Having played most of his career in the N.L. West, he’s also familiar with the hitters in the division and the Rockies are hoping that could help speed the learning curve for their young pitchers.
Hundley played in a career-best 114 games in 2013, when he set career highs for doubles (19), homers (13) and RBIs (44). He’s thrown out 27 percent of base stealers in his seven-year career.
He gets $3.1 million this year and $3.15 million in 2016. The deal also includes award bonuses.
To make room on their 40-man roster, the Rockies designated right-handed pitcher Chris Martin for assignment.
Bonifacio to White Sox
A person familiar with the situation said the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with veteran utility player Emilio Bonifacio that includes a club option for 2016, pending a physical.
Bonifacio will earn $3 million next season, and the deal includes a $4 million option for 2016 with a $1 million buyout.
The 29-year-old is a .262 hitter with 164 stolen bases in eight big league seasons. He hit .259 in 110 games last season with the Cubs and Braves.
Braves add Pierzynski
A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells the AP that the Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement on a one-year contract with catcher A.J. Pierzynski, pending a physical.
The 38-year-old Pierzynski likely will play behind 23-year-old Christian Bethancourt, one of Atlanta’s top prospects. Evan Gattis is expected to move from catcher to left field following the trade of Justin Upton to San Diego.Pierzynski hit .259 with five homers and 37 RBIs for Boston and St. Louis in 2014.
Clearing the bases
Pitcher Brett Anderson gets a $5 million signing bonus as part of his $10 million, one-year contract with the Dodgers and can make an additional $4 million in performance bonuses. … Stu Miller, the former Giants pitcher who committed perhaps the most famous balk in All-Star game history when a gust of wind in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park knocked him off balance, has died. He was 87.
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