Melvin Mora Signing with Rockies

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DENVER (AP) - Melvin Mora has agreed to a $1.3 million, one-year contract with the Colorado Rockies, according to his agent.

Eric Goldschmidt said Mora's primary goal as a 38-year-old free agent was to sign with a playoff contender after spending the last nine seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.

Mora's versatility was attractive to the Rockies, who signed Jason Giambi to back up first baseman Todd Helton last week. Mora is expected to serve primarily as a backup at third base for Ian Stewart, but he can also play left and center fields and back up all the infield positions and serve as a right-handed pinch-hitter.

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