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Rockies bring back former star Holliday on minor league deal

The 38-year-old Holliday hasn't played for a team this season and will work out at rookie-level Grand Junction for a few days before joining Triple-A Albuquerque.


Reuters 29 Jul 2018, 05:44 PM

The Colorado Rockies signed former franchise star Matt Holliday to a minor league contract, the team announced Sunday.

The 38-year-old Holliday hasn't played for a team this season and will work out at rookie-level Grand Junction for a few days before joining Triple-A Albuquerque.

Holliday played for the Rockies from 2004-08 and led the franchise to the World Series in 2007. He batted a National League-best .340 with 36 homers and 137 RBIs that season and was runner-up for MVP honours.

"I always enjoyed my time in Colorado," Holliday told reporters. "Even during the 10 years that I've been gone, I always kept in touch with a lot of the people and players.

I've always had an affection for the organization. I've always thought if I had the chance to go back, it would be really special."

If Holliday finds his form, the Rockies would likely bring him to the majors in September when rosters expand to 40 players.

The seven-time All-Star batted .231 with 19 homers and 64 RBIs for the New York Yankees last season.

Holliday has a career batting average of .299 with 314 homers and 1,217 RBIs in 14 seasons with the Rockies, Oakland Athletics (2009), St. Louis Cardinals (2009-16) and Yankees.

Colorado also recalled infielder Ryan McMahon from Albuquerque and sent outfielder Noel Cuevas to the same affiliate. McMahon batted .211 with two homers and nine RBIs in 47 games for the Rockies earlier this season, while Cuevas was batting .243 with two homers and eight RBIs in 63 games for Colorado.

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