The 2009 baseball season was a campaign to forget for Garrett Atkins. The Colorado Rockies third baseman slumped and then eventually lost his job. Let go by the Rockies at the end of the season, Atkins has landed with the Baltimore Orioles.
The Orioles gave Atkins a contract worth at least $4.5 million over one season. Adding together a club option and incentives, Atkins’ deal could be worth as much as $13.5 million over two years.
Last season, Atkins hit .226 with nine homers in 354 at-bats. Baltimore is banking on Atkins turning back the clock. In 2006, for example, Atkins hit .329 with 29 homers, 120 RBIs and 117 runs.
The bad news for Atkins and the Orioles is that the 30-year-old California native has used the friendly confines of Coors Field to his advantage over the years. Can he leave Colorado and still produce? We’ll find out this season as the Orioles will give him plenty of at-bats to prove his worth.