Colorado Rockies Quick Hits: Hundley, Walker, Harper

DENVER - JULY 7: Larry Walker #33 of the National League bats during the MLB All-Star Game at Coors Field on July 7, 1998 in Denver, Colorado. The American League defeated the National League 13-8. (Photo by: Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
DENVER - JULY 7: Larry Walker #33 of the National League bats during the MLB All-Star Game at Coors Field on July 7, 1998 in Denver, Colorado. The American League defeated the National League 13-8. (Photo by: Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /
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Today is finally the day that Colorado Rockies pitchers and catchers report to Salt River Field at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona for Spring Training and yesterday, there was some news on two former Rockies and about a top free agent that is likely to make the NL West his home.

According to

Jane Lee of MLB.com on Twitter

, the Oakland Athletics have signed former Rockies catcher

Nick Hundley

to a minor league deal with an invite to major league spring training.

Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle

reports on Twitter that if Hundley were to make the A’s major league team out of spring training, he would make $1.25 million. Hundley, 35, spent the past two seasons with the San Francisco Giants as the backup catcher to

Buster Posey

. In those two seasons, he took part in 197 games with an OPS+ of 86 and a WAR of 0.5. He spent 2015 and 2016 with the Rockies and he played in parts of 186 games with an OPS+ of 97 and a WAR of 2.0.

More from Rox Pile

  • In other former Rockie player news, former Rockies right fielder Larry Walker, who will enter his tenth and final year on the MLB Hall of Fame ballot in 2020 after a jump of more than 20 percent in 2019, will be inducted to another Hall of Fame this year. That Hall of Fame will be the Southern League Hall of Fame, according to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp on Twitter. Walker spent the 1987 season in Jacksonville, then named the Jacksonville Expos, when he was a prospect in the Montreal Expos organization. Now, the Jumbo Shrimp are the Double-A team of the Miami Marlins.
  • You, like just about everybody else, are probably sick and tired of hearing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado as they are still on the free agent market as we enter spring training. However, at least for Harper, he could be off the market here soon. Per Bleacher Report Betting on Twitter, there is a 50/50 chance that Harper will join the San Francisco Giants. Also, the Padres and Dodgers are among the top four teams mentioned to get Harper. Overall, the percentage chance of Harper going to one of those three teams is 66.67 percent so Rockies fans have a high likelihood of seeing Harper for 19 games in 2019.
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    Stay tuned as we will have a lot more to come in the next few days as spring training will mercifully begin.

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