Earlier Monday morning, the Diamondbacks cleared some payroll space by pulling a Mark Reynolds trade with the Orioles. And they wasted little time in filling the hole at third base, reportedly signing free agent infielder Melvin Mora to a two-year contract.
The contract will be worth $4 million, and will give Mora a raise from the $1.275 million he made as a member of the Orioles and Rockies in 2010.
Mora will turn 39 next February, but is coming off a season that saw him post strong numbers, batting .285 with a .358 OBP over 113 games. He also played four different positions, gaining value for his versatility. He is not a great player and would be better utilized off the bench, but he's an adequate stopgap, and he's likely to command some trade interest from contenders at the deadline.
Check out more on Mora and the busy Diamondbacks over at AZ Snakepit.