Sunday, January 31, 2010

Rockies sign Melvin Mora; Cabrera to Reds

The Rockies and Reds signed a free agent each this weekend, with the Rockies signing 3B Melvin Mora to a 1-year deal worth $1.3M, while INF Orlando Cabrera decided to join the Reds for 1-year and $3-4M according to reports.  The Rockies were in on the Cabrera sweepstakes, but after he signed with Cincinnati, the Rockies were quick to act on their backup plan.  What do these signings mean for the two clubs? Good defense, not a lot of home runs and about a .270 average for each of them.

Here is a look at the projected lineups now for both teams.

Reds:
1. CF Drew Stubbs
2. SS Orlando Cabrera
3. 3B Scott Rolen
4. 1B Joey Votto
5. 2B Brandon Phillips
6. RF Jay Bruce
7. C Ramon Hernandez
8. LF Chris Dickerson
9. Pitcher Spot

Rockies:
1. CF Dexter Fowler
2. SS Troy Tulowitzki
3. 1B Todd Helton
4. RF Brad Hawpe
5. C Chris Iannetta
6. 3B Melvin Mora
7. 2B Ian Stewart
8. LF Carlos Gonzalez
9. Pitcher Spot

If Mora starts he would replace the departed Atkins who went to the Orioles.  Mora has said he would play the other infield positions, meaning Clint Barmes, Ian Stewart and Mora would all move around the diamond nightly.

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