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Rockies sign reliever Sean White to minor league contract

Jan 11, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

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Colorado has at least five and possibly six bullpen spots locked in already, but the Rockies added some more relief depth yesterday by signing right-hander Sean White to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training.

White struggled last season, but has a 4.16 ERA in 134 career innings spent with the Mariners and has succeeded despite a terrible 59/51 K/BB ratio because he’s a sinker-ball pitcher who’s allowed just nine homers in 500 at-bats.

Continuing to keep the ball on the ground would make White a good fit for Coors Field, but he’s nowhere near an extreme enough ground-ball pitcher to thrive long term without significantly improving his strikeout rate or control.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    I doubt there’s ever been someone named Sean White who’s been better at what he does than this Sean White.

    • Panda Claus - Jan 11, 2011 at 12:07 PM

      Is he Vanna’s husband, or perhaps Betty’s son? That would be quite the coincidence.

  2. Jonny 5 - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    And the Astros picked up a pitcher from…..?? you guessed it, the Phillies. Even swap Escalona for Cartwright. Wade still loves him some Phillies huh? I’d say this time the swap is pretty even.

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