The Rockies have signed Scott Podsednik, Matt Kata, Mike Rose and Victor Zambrano to minor league contracts. Podsednik is by far the best player of this bunch. The 31-year old lefty swinging Podsednik played in 62 games last season for the White Sox and he was 52 for 214 (.243 avg, .668 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 2 homers, 11 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Podsednik has now played in 657 games in his major league career and he is 672 for 2,469 (.272 avg, .715 OPS) with 384 runs scored, 27 homers, 186 RBIs and 224 stolen bases. 29-year old switch-hitting infielder Matt Kata will have a chance to make the team as a reserve infielder. Kata played in 78 games last season for the Pirates and Rangers and he was 35 for 158 (.222 avg) with 12 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs. Kata has now played in 238 games in his major league career and he is 156 for 645 (.242 avg, .677 OPS) with 87 runs scored, 12 homers and 58 RBIs. 31-year old switch hitting catcher Mike Rose will probably start the season in AAA because he won’t be able to win a job on the Opening Day roster unless the Rockies suffer injuries. Rose last played in the majors in 2006 with the Cardinals. Rose has now played in 27 games in his major league career and he is 11 for 54 (.204 avg, .542 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. 32-year old righty pitcher Victor Zambrano will likely compete for a starting job for the Rockies. He pitched in 13 games (4 starts) last season for the Orioles and Blue Jays and he was 0-3 with a 10.17 ERA and a 2.35 WHIP. He has now pitched in 187 games (100 starts) in his major league career and he is 45-44 with 3 saves, a 4.64 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.
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