Casey Blake, Rockies Agree To One-Year Deal

LOS ANGELES : Casey Blake #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers complains to home plate umpire Chad Fairchild after Blake was called out on strikes with runners on second and third in the fifth inning in the game with the St. Louis Cardinals. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Casey Blake and the Colorado Rockies agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal.

Before today, the projected starter at third base for the Colorado Rockies was probably DJ LeMahieu. While we all have fond memores of the time DJ LeMahieu rocked that club in Ibiza, he wasn't exactly a name-brand third baseman. You couldn't blame the Rockies for looking for some insurance at the position, perhaps with a low-cost veteran. Enter Casey Blake. From the Rockies' official Twitter feed:

Rockies agree to terms with INF Casey Blake on 1-year contract, pending a physical, as announced by GM Dan O'Dowd.

According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, the deal is worth $2 million, with a potential of $1 million in performance bonuses.

Now while Blake is a known name with a productive 13-season career, he's 38, and he's been hurt in recent seasons:

Year Age G AB HR BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2009 35 139 485 18 .280 .363 .468 .832 122
2010 36 146 509 17 .248 .320 .407 .727 98
2011 37 63 202 4 .252 .342 .371 .713 99
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 12/20/2011.


But if it's a risky move, well, so was starting DJ LeMahieu or whatever other in-house options the Rockies had. 

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