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02/05/2010 6:13 PM ET
Rockies agree to terms with Mora
Two-time All-Star, former Silver Slugger added to 40-man roster
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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies announced this afternoon that the club has agreed to a one-year Major League contract with infielder/outfielder Melvin Mora. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, per club policy.

Mora, who turned 38 on February 2, hit .260 (117-for-450) with 8 home runs and 48 RBI in 125 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2009. He started 122 games at third base and logged all of his defensive innings as a third baseman. He was on the disabled list (strained left hamstring) from April 13-28, but finished the season strong, hitting a total of five home runs in August and September. Last year marked his 10th season in an Orioles uniform, and he played at least 125 games in eight of those years.

The longest tenured player in Baltimore entering last season, Mora finished 2009 with 809 career games played at third base. Since the Orioles franchise moved to Baltimore in 1954, only Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson has played more games at that position (2,870). Mora left the Orioles ranked among the top ten players in several offensive categories (also since the club moved to Baltimore in 1954): Games played (10th-1,256), at-bats (10th-4,733), runs scored (9th-709), total bases (8th-2,073), hits (9th-1,323), doubles (7th-252), home runs (9th-158), runs (8th-662) and walks (10th-465).

A versatile defender, Mora has spent time at every position on the diamond except catcher and pitcher. He has played infield exclusively since 2004 but also has spent time in the outfield, during the 1999-2003 seasons. In 2003 Mora was named to the American League All-Star team as an outfielder. His second trip to the All-Star Game, in 2005, was as a third baseman.

Mora has played a total of 1,401 games for Baltimore (2000-09) and the New York Mets (1999-2000) in his Major League career. He owns a .278 (1384-for-4979) career batting average with 164 home runs and 693 RBI. Mora was originally signed by the Houston Astros as a non-drafted free agent in 1991. He also played one season in Taiwan, in 1998, with the Mercury Tigers of the Chinese Professional Baseball League before returning to the United States and rejoining affiliated baseball with the Mets organization on July 25, 1998.

With today's transaction, the Rockies now have a full 40-man roster.

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