Rockies sign vet Alonso to Minors deal

First baseman 1-for-4 with 2 RBIs in debut for Triple-A Albuquerque

July 12th, 2019

The Rockies have signed veteran first baseman to a Minor League contract, Colorado senior player development director Zach Wilson confirmed to Alonso was in the lineup for Triple-A Albuquerque's game against El Paso on Thursday night, and went 1-for-4 with two RBIs, a run scored and a sacrifice fly.

Alonso, 32, was released by the White Sox on July 3 after hitting just .178/.275/.301 in 251 plate appearances for Chicago this season. That was a significant decline from just a season earlier, when he hit 23 homers with a .738 OPS in 145 games for the Indians. In 2017, Alonso was an All-Star while splitting the year between the A's and Mariners.

The Rockies signed Daniel Murphy last offseason to play first base in 2019. But Murphy has been dealing with a left index finger injury all season, and his production hasn't been reminiscent of past years. He entered the second half of the season hitting .274/.328./.447 with seven homers.