The Rockies made their first in-season trade of 2016, acquiring Cody Decker from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations. Decker will report to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Decker, a UCLA product, was drafted in the 22nd round in 2009 by the San Diego Padres. He spent seven years in the Padres minor league systems before making his major league debut in 2015, with 12 plate appearances, no hits and one RBI. He was signed by Kansas City this offseason and played well in spring training with a line of .250/.346/.523 with three home runs.
The 29-year-old was acquired to provide minor league depth and insurance in case an injury occurs at either Triple-A or at the major league level. He brings some power -- 96 home runs over the last four years between Double and Triple-A -- and a career line of .265/.348/.526 but just hasn't gotten a shot for a major league team. Decker, who has spent time at first base, third base, left field, and catcher over the past three years, brings some defensive versatility to go along with his bat.
Below is an interview from 2015 spring training when Decker was with the Padres. If this interview is any indication, he'll fit in just fine.