Mora officially joins Rockies, will be backup at third base

February 06, 2010|By Sports Digest

The Colorado Rockies on Friday finalized a one-year, $1.3 million contract with infielder Melvin Mora, 38, who spent the past 10 seasons with the Orioles. He will back up young slugger Ian Stewart at third base, a position where he played 809 games for the Orioles. The versatile Mora has played every infield and outfield position in his career. In 2003, he made the American League All-Star team as an outfielder. He won the AL Gold Glove award at third base the following year. Mora is a career .278 hitter who began his career with the New York Mets in 1999.

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