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 Posted: Wed Dec 31st, 2014 09:25 pm
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The Colorado Rockies added to their catching depth Wednesday by agreeing to a two-year deal with Nick Hundley, believed to be valued just north of $6 million, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

Hundley returns to the National League West, a division he's more than familiar with after playing the first seven years of his career with the San Diego Padres. He spent the final five months of last season with the Baltimore Orioles, who acquired him to help fill some of the void left by catcher Matt Wieters's season-ending elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.

The 31-year-old Hundley appeared in 83 games in 2014, slashing .243/.273/.352 with six home runs and 63 strikeouts. Despite Coors Field being an extremely hitter-friendly park, Hundley hasn't had overwhelming success in the thin air throughout his career. In 120 at-bats, he's slashed .225/.254/.408 with six doubles and four home runs.

Wilin Rosario has been the Rockies starting catcher the past three seasons, but the team was reportedly shopping him earlier this month. Rosario is considered a poor defensive catcher who struggles to hit on the road, and Hundley's signing could make the 25-year-old expendable - or the Rockies could opt to move him to another position.

Connolly notes that the Orioles hoped to re-sign Hundley, but the Rockies offered more money and playing time.