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Catcher Miguel Olivo Joins Rockies

January 4, 2010 by Stephen Kersey  
Filed under Baseball

The Colorado Rockies needed a depth at catcher after not being able to agree to a deal with Yorvit Torrealba. They addressed that need by signing catcher Miguel Olivo to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. Olivo will join Chris Iannetta as Rockies catchers.

Olivo played the last two seasons with the Kansas City Royals. With the Royals last season, he hit .249 with 23 homers, 65 RBIs and 51 runs. Despite the impressive power numbers, Olivo’s on-base percentage of .292 limited his value on the open market.

It’ll be interesting to see if Iannetta or Olivo will win the starting catching duties with Colorado. Iannetta has more potential as a hitter but he slumped at the end of last season and lost his job during the playoffs to Torrealba. Oliva, on the other hand, might really enjoy playing in Coors Field.

As for Torrealba, he’ll likely sign on somewhere with a team that needs an experience backup catcher. The Texas Rangers make a lot of sense, especially if Jarrod Saltalamacchia isn’t schedule to recovery in time from shoulder surgery.

Miguel Olivo could help the Rockies with his power (Image: Zuma Press)

Miguel Olivo could help the Rockies with his power (Image: Zuma Press)

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