Rockies, Tim Lopes agree to Minor League deal
The Rockies have a small league contract with utility players Tim Lopes, according to the club transaction log at MLB.com. The transaction log also shows that Kyle Holder also signed an agreement for minors.
Lopes, 27, has seen MLB compete over the past three seasons, taking part in a total of 94 games. 87 of those games come to the Mariners in 2019 and 2020, as Lopes spends time on second base, third base, and both points off the field. At the time, he hit .252/.315/.362 for a wRC+ of 89.
He was assigned to duty before the 2021 campaign and was claimed by the Brewers. He started the season on the IL 60 days and missed the first few months of the season, then spent the rest between Triple-A and the major leagues. In the end, he was in just seven MLB games. In 93 Triple-A games, he scored .226 / .305 / .401. He was assigned a September transfer and was elected free agency after the season.
Holder, also 27, is yet to make his major tournament debut. He was selected by the Phillies in the Draft Rule 5 Rule 5 last year and traded to the Reds, but was returned to the Yankees at the end of spring training. He spent 2021 in Triple-A for the Yankees, playing 78 games and scoring .216/.295/.276. Despite that tedious offensive production, Holder was long heralded about his gauntlet and fared much better in Double-A in 2019.
Rockies can have three internal positions CJ Cron, Ryan McMahon and Brendan Rodgers. Final position can be confirmed by Garrett Hampson, but he has spent more time off the field than on the field in 2021. Colton Welker and Alan Trejo also have 40 men and have some game time in 2021, but there is certainly a path for an in-depth player to start entering the mix in 2022.
https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/12/rockies-tim-lopes-agree-to-minor-league-deal.html Rockies, Tim Lopes agree to Minor League deal