The Rockies have agreed to a 1-year deal with utilityman Alexi Amarista, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The deal includes a club option for 2018.
Amarista, who turns 28 in April, was non-tendered by the Padres at the beginning of the month. He appeared at six different positions for San Diego in 65 games last season, seeing time in both corner outfield spots, every infield position except first base, and on the mound.
Amarista will provide utility depth for the Rockies, who lost Daniel Descalso to free agency this winter. Colorado has been active on the free-agent market with the signings of Ian Desmond (5 years, $70 million) and Mike Dunn (3 years, $19 million) and could theoretically still add a big-ticket free agent like Mark Trumbo.
Amarista hit .257/.295/.271 with nine steals for San Diego last season, and owns a career .230/.276/.320 line in six major-league seasons with the Angels (2011-12) and Padres (2012-16). While not a huge producer offensively, his versatility has provided value off the bench for San Diego over the past five years.