The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has agreed to a two-year Major League deal with infielder Daniel Descalso. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, per club policy.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Daniel to the Rockies family," said Rockies Senior Vice President/General Manager Jeff Bridich. "We believe his versatile skill set, his experience level and his veteran leadership will be great additions to our Major League process."
Descalso, 28, has spent time in the Majors in each of the past five seasons (since 2010) with the St. Louis Cardinals. The left-handed hitting infielder owns a career batting average of .243 (297-for-1223) with 68 doubles, 11 triples, 10 home runs, 111 RBI and 145 runs scored over 529 games. In 2014, Descalso played in 104 games and hit .242 (39-for-161) with 11 doubles, 10 RBI and 20 runs. Descalso has seen time at all four infield positions in his career, having played 200 games at third base, 174 games at second base, 114 games at shortstop and nine games at first base.
The Redwood City, CA native has played in a total of 44 postseason games in his career, including nine games in the World Series. He was a member of the Cardinals active roster for both their 2011 World Series Championship club, and their 2013 National League Championship club. Descalso was originally selected by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of California, Davis.
The Rockies currently have a full 40-man roster.
Brian Walton’s take
Though Descalso was not yet free agent-eligible based on his service time as a major leaguer, the Cardinals chose to let him become a free agent rather than be bound by the process which would have used arbitration (or the threat of it) to set his 2015 salary.
St. Louis has several potential candidates to replace him including Dean Anna, Ty Kelly, Greg Garcia and Pete Kozma, all of whom should earn at or slightly above the Major League minimum salary if they make the team.
With Colorado, Descalso is guaranteed to receive $1.5 million in 2015 and $2.1 million in 2016 plus $500,000 in incentives each season, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.
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