Melvin Mora Signs One-Year Contract With Diamondbacks

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Melvin Mora Contract With Diamondbacks For One Year, Not Two

It was previously reported that Melvin Mora had signed a two-year contract with the Diamondbacks. Updating that item, Nick Piecoro reports that the contract will be for one year and just over $2 million (Update: it'll be $2.4 million). It's possible that there's a 2011 option in place that's contributing to the confusion, but Piecoro's version sounds a lot more reasonable for the soon-to-be 39-year-old infielder.

Mora is expected to replace the departed Mark Reynolds, who was traded to the Orioles in exchange for two young righties earlier Monday morning. Mora doesn't offer Reynolds' power, but he also doesn't strike out nearly as often, and is versatile in the field. On top of that, Reynolds was dumped in part because of his price, and Mora comes cheap.

Expect Mora to generate some trade interest during the season as contenders look to fill out their benches in preparation for a playoff run.

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Melvin Mora Signs Two-Year Contract With Diamondbacks

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.

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