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Rockies sign Casey Blake to one-year, $2 million contract

Dec 20, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

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During today’s press conference for Michael Cuddyer the Rockies also announced that they’ve agreed to terms with Casey Blake on a one-year contract.

Blake missed most of the season with a pinched nerve in his neck that required surgery and talked about possibly being forced to retire, but he’ll give it another go at age 38 while earning $2 million upfront and another $1 million in potential incentives.

If healthy Blake will get a chance to win the starting job at third base and basically keep the position warm while top prospect Nolan Arenado gets more seasoning in the minors. Colorado traded former starting third baseman Ian Stewart to the Cubs last week.

Blake was only healthy enough to play 63 games for the Dodgers, hitting .252 with four homers and a .712 OPS. He had similarly modest numbers in 2010, hitting .248 with 17 homers and a .727 OPS in 146 games.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Great depth signing. Wish the Cubs would have signed him instead in case Stewart stinks up the joint on a regular basis.

    • tuloisgod - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:15 PM

      It’s an OK depth signing, although the Rockies really needed a big stick to play 3B, like Aramis Ramirez or David Wright. But yes, WhenMattStairsIsKing, Blake would have been useful for the Cubs, because, trust me, Ian Stewart WILL stink up the joint regularly. You’ll learn to love seeing him either: A) Stand like a statue, utterly paralyzed, as a two-strike fastball splits the plate; or B) Swing feebly at an 0-2 curveball in the dirt, completely surprised by the fact that pitchers are even allowed to resort to such trickery!

  2. mjay424 - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    This is a good gamble on behalf of Rockies’ GM Dan O’Dowd. Blake, if reasonably healthy, can produce on some level. He has power, can hit for average beyond what Ian Stewart ever did and is a true professional.

    The Rockies aren’t making the big-splash free-agent moves (Michael Cuddyer will be helpful and cost a lot but he’s not a star) but O’Dowd is changing the mix in Denver. He’s trying while also waiting, eagerly, on his talented farm system.

    Rockies’ Analyst (google)
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    Colorado Rockies’ Prospects Report (google)

    • dan1111 - Dec 20, 2011 at 7:44 PM

      “Changing the mix” is a nice way to put it: not better, just different and more expensive.

  3. dodger88 - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Considering how much money has been given to marginal and has been players, this is a nice signing. If healthy, Blake can be a solid contributor on a part-time basis and still has some decent on base skills. He strikes me as a future coach so he should be a good influence in the club house.

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