Iannetta, who spent the 2017 season with Arizona, returns to the Rockies, with whom he spent the first six seasons of his career from 2006 to 2011. The 34-year old will join Tony Wolters and Tom Murphy as options behind the plate for the Rox, who are also reportedly interested in a reunion with free agent Jonathan Lucroy.
Iannetta had a solid year in Arizona, hitting .254/.354/.511 with 17 homers in 89 games after signing a one-year, $1.5 million deal last winter. He’s a veteran of 12 major-league seasons with the Rockies (2006-11), Angels (2012-15), Mariners (2016) and Diamondbacks (2017).
Iannetta’s role moving forward is dependent on Colorado’s pursuit of other catchers. If the club adds a top option like Lucroy, Iannetta will likely serve as a main backup. If they don’t, he could join a timeshare with either Wolters or Murphy.