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Justin Morneau signs two-year deal with Colorado Rockies

3:23 PM, Dec 13, 2013   |    comments
Sep 28, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Justin Morneau (66) makes a play during the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Pirates defeated the Reds 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
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KUSA - The Colorado Rockies continued their offseason roster changes, this time going to work on the infield by signing four-time all-star Justin Morneau to a two-year deal, the team announced Friday.

The 32-year-old first baseman is in his 12th season and was the 2006 American League MVP with the Minnesota Twins, who traded him to Pittsburgh on Aug. 31. He signed with the Rockies for 2014 and 2015 with a mutual option for the 2016 season.

At first base, he has a career fielding percentage of .996 (43 errors/10,321 chances) in 1,124 games. Since the beginning of 2003, no other infielder with more than 1,000 games has committed fewer errors than Morneau (Colorado's Todd Helton has the second-fewest with 47). Morneau's fielding percentage ranks second only to Helton's .997 in that span. Helton retired after last season.

Morneau is a .277 career hitter with 293 double, 221 home runs, 863 RBIs and 675 runs in 1,303 games.

Since Dec. 3, the Rockies made two trades - acquiring pitchers Jordan Lyles and Brett Anderson as well as outfielder Brandon Barnes.

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