Mora moves on
My old buddy Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that Melvin Mora has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Colorado Rockies. You can check out Kenny's story right here.
Mora is expected to fill a Tony Phillips-type role with the Rockies, which is not a foreign concept to the 38-year-old former O's third baseman. Melvin played several positions for the New York Mets before settling in at the hot corner for the Orioles, who recently re-signed Miguel Tejada to take his place at third. Of course, the O's also signed former Rockies third baseman Garrett Atkins earlier this winter to play first base.
I know Melvin's career with the Orioles came to a rocky end, but I'm hoping he can revive his career at Coors Field. Mora was a good soldier here and gave the Orioles the best of his ability for a long time. He also immersed himself and his family in the community here and has been a terrific citizen of Maryland. I hope that's how he's remembered.
In other ex-Orioles news, former O's outfielder Eric Byrnes has signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners. The M's only have to pay him $400,000 since he's still got $11 million remaining from the ludicrous three-year, $30 million deal he got from the Arizona Diamondbacks a couple of years ago.