Rockies agree to terms with Casey Blake
Blake will keep the hot corner warm for Arenado.
Blake will keep the hot corner warm for Arenado.
Posted Dec 20, 2011

Tuesday the Rockies held a press conference to announce the Michael Cuddyer signing and the club added that terms have been agreed upon with veteran third basemen Casey Blake for a one year deal. Over the last three and a half years with the Dodgers Blake has a .260/.338/.431 batting line and 107 adjusted-OPS (OPS+). The deal guarantees Blake $2 million with another $1 million in incentives.

Blake, 38, only played in 63 games last season due to a pinched nerve in his neck that required surgery in September. "Obviously, this neck thing is pretty serious," he told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times in August. Well, not serious enough to keep Blake away from one more summer in the sun. 

He's merely keeping the hot corner warm while Nolan Arenado gets a taste of Double-A anyway. While he's around, Blake will provide the veteran leadership that General Manager Dan O'Dowd covets so well. He also brings a .271/.360/.486 career batting line against left-handed pitching. His splits were even better the last time Blake played a full season as he posted a .316/.388/.507 line in 160 plate appearances against lefties in 2010. Not only has O'Dowd changed the culture of the clubhouse by bringing in Blake and Cuddyer, but he has improved the lineup against left-handed pitching as both crush lefties. 

Colorado traded embattled former top pick Ian Stewart to the Cubs last week creating the hole at third base. With Blake now filling that void, second base remains the only position in the lineup unclaimed at the moment. 

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