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Thursday Rockpile: Rockies open 2015 with new catcher, signing Nick Hundley to two-year deal

The former Padres and Orioles backstop will be paid $6 million for two years behind the plate at Coors Field.

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Nick Hundley agrees to 2-year deal with Colorado Rockies, report says - The Denver Post
Nick Groke has all the details on the Rockies' acquisition of Hundley, a seven-year MLB veteran who split his age 30 season in 2014 between San Diego and Baltimore, playing in 83 games, hitting .243/.273/.358 in 218 at bats with six home runs, 22 runs driven in and an OPS+ of 79. His busiest season came in 2013 with the Padres, when he got 373 at bats in 114 games, hitting .233/.290/.389, good for a 94 OPS+, to go with 13 home runs, a career-high.

Hundley will almost certainly be an improvement defensively from Wilin Rosario, who may or may not be with the club in 2015, but will almost certainly not match his offensive production. If he can match his 2013 production at the plate, the move would likely be a lateral one, if not a slight improvement, from a WAR perspective, but the Rockies' pitching staff could benefit from a more veteran presence behind the plate.

Rox hope rotation steps up to complement elite defense -
Thomas Harding counts down 10 key issues facing the Rockies in 2015, coming to the conclusion that the season will hinge on pitching and defense. Harding focuses especially on the starting rotation, which will look for another solid season from Jorge De La Rosa, a return to health for Jhoulys Chacin and improvements from Tyler Matzek and Jordan Lyles in 2015.

Happy New Year, Rowbots! May 2015 be better than 2014 for you, both on the field and off.