To provide depth and competition in camp, the Rockies have signed former prospect Michael McKenry to a one-year, $750,000 minor-league deal.
McKenry, 28, hit .217 with three home runs in 41 games for the Pirates last season. The Rockies drafted him in the seventh round in 2006. The 5-foot-10, 210-pounder, nicknamed “Quadzilla” for his Teenage Mutant Ninja-like legs, made his big-league debut with Colorado in 2010.
McKenry is known for his detailed preparation with pitchers before starts. He is the catch-and-throw type more common for backups. The Rockies plan to use Rosario at first base against some left-handed starters as a way to keep his bat in the lineup. Despite improving defensively, Rosario committed nine errors and allowed a league-high nine passed balls last year.