Colorado Rockies: The 5 best free agent signings in franchise history
By Kevin Henry
Signed in 1993
Another one of the Blake Street Bombers (joining Galarraga, Walker, Dante Bichette and Vinny Castilla), Burks was lured away from the Chicago White Sox and signed a three-year, $10 million contract. It was a move that would pay big dividends for the Rockies.
During his All-Star season of 1996, Burks would finish third in the MVP voting after scoring a league-high 142 runs and totaling 392 total bases. He posted 40 homers and 32 stolen bases that season, showing just what a double threat he was near the top of the Colorado lineup.
His 115 home runs in a Colorado uniform make him just one of 12 Rockies to ever hit 100 or more homers. However, his career with the Rockies was cut short as he was traded on July 31, 1998, to the San Francisco Giants for Darryl Hamilton and two other players. He would retire after playing just 11 games with the Boston Red Sox in 2004.
Despite his relatively short time in Denver, Burks made enough of an impression to be named one of the top 25 players to ever play for the Rockies prior to last season.