Several teams were reportedly interested in the veteran infielder, but the Rockies landed him with a deal that guarantees $3.6 million over two seasons.
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The utility man will likely play the same role as Josh Rutledge did last season before getting traded to the Los Angeles Angels during the Winter Meetings. Descalso also brings a left-handed bat to a team that desperately needs it, along with his experience playing in postseason games.
After spending his entire big league career with the St. Louis Cardinals, the 28-year-old was non-tendered two weeks ago. Descalso has averaged 340 plate appearances per season since 2011.
Not exactly known for putting up big numbers (a career .243 hitter) but for his versatility, Descalso gives the Rockies depth around the infield. In his five-year career he has played 200 games at third base, 174 games at second base, 114 games at shortstop and nine games at first base.
In 104 games with the St. Louis Cardinals last season, Descalso hit just .242 with no home runs and 10 RBIs, playing mostly second base and shortstop.
Drafted in the third round of the 2007 Amateur Draft out of UC Davis, Descalso was the highest pick in Aggie’s history. He won a World Series ring with the Cardinals in 2011.