Alexi Amarista posted career highs in average and OBP last season, but that's not saying much. His defensive versatility landed him a job with the Rockies this winter as a utility man, but even with the favorable landing spot, there's still very little to get excited about. Nothing in his profile suggests he will ever provide more than a modicum of speed (he's 38-for-48 in his career as a basestealer over 605 MLB games). Moreover, he's struggled against lefties, posting a paltry .510 OPS in 299 career plate appearances against southpaws. His limited appeal in 2016 was in the fact that NL-only players could slot him as a shortstop, but Amarista begins 2017 with eligibility solely at second base in formats that require 20 games played at a position. Simply put, there are better ways to utilize endgame roster spots even in the deepest of leagues.
Amarista agreed to a one-year contract with the Rockies on Monday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. The 27-year-old was non-tendered by the Padres earlier in December, but he'll remain in the NL West and reunite with his former manager Bud Black. Amarista doesn't have the most impressive batting line (career .230/.276/.320), but his speed and expansive defensive versatility should play well into a super utility role off of Colorado's bench.
The Padres declined to tender Amarista a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Amarista provided versatility off the Padres' bench, making starts at five different positions last season. He makes decent contact but has never been an offensive threat (career .230/.276/.320), and there's a chance he could find himself back in the minors to begin 2017.
Manager Andy Green is hopeful that Amarista (hamstring) will be able to return at some point during the team's next road trip, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Amarista will test his injured hamstring with some running Friday, and if all goes well, a rehab assignment may not be too far off. Still, the Padres' next road trip doesn't even start until Aug. 26, and the team could always opt to just wait until rosters expand Sept. 1 to reinstate Amarista.
Amarista (hamstring) has been placed on the 15-day DL by the Padres on Tuesday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Amarista left Monday's game with a hamstring injury, and it looks like it will sideline him for a least a couple of weeks. The 27-year-old was hitting .350 in his last 20 at-bats for the Padres. He will be eligible to return from the DL on August 17.
Amarista exited Monday's game against the Brewers in the fifth inning with a leg injury. Amarista needed to be taken off the base paths after hitting an RBI single during San Diego's four-run, fifth inning. With the Padres' outfielders already decimated with injuries, normal catcher Christian Bethancourt replaced Amarista.