The Rockies have signed infielder Daniel Descalso to a two-year, $3.6 million major-league contract, according to an industry source. Descalso will earn $1.5 million in 2015 before earning $2.1 million in 2016, with $500K available in performance bonuses each season that could push the deal's total value to $4.6 million.
Descalso's agent, Steve Canter, said that Descalso drew interest from many teams as a free-agent, but that the Rockies presented the best fit for him and that Descalso is excited to join Colorado. Descalso was non-tendered by the Cardinals earlier in the month.
Descalso will likely take the place of utility infielder Josh Rutledge, who was traded to the Angels during the Winter Meetings. The Rockies have D.J. LeMahieu, Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado slotted into starting infield roles, but Descalso provides depth off the bench that has been missing in Rutledge's absence.
In five seasons with the Cardinals, Descalso has played all four infield positions and has hit .243/.313/.341 with ten home runs and 111 RBI in 529 games. In 2014, he hit .242/.333/.311 in 110 games.