May 17, 2021

Rockies Sign Kelby Tomlinson (MLB Trade Rumors)

The Rockies have agreed to a minor league contract with infielder Kelby Tomlinson, Thomas Harding of tweets. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training.

The 29-year-old Tomlinson is best known for his run as part of the division-rival Giants, who selected him in the 12th round of the 2011 draft and with whom he played in the majors from 2015-18. Tomlinson hit .265/.331/.332 across that 687-plate appearance span, but he totaled a meager three home runs at the same time.

Aside from the Giants, Tomlinson has spent time with the Mariners and the Diamondbacks (yet another NL West team). So far, Tomlinson has batted .279/.343/.329 with a pair of homers over 1,056 trips to the plate. He hasn’t played in the majors since 2018, but perhaps a trade involving all-world third baseman Nolan Arenado – which seems like an actual possibility – would help him return to the sport’s top level.

Read “Rockies Sign Kelby Tomlinson” at MLB Trade Rumors