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01/04/2010 6:05 PM ET
Rockies agree to terms with Miguel Olivo on one-year contract
Deal for catcher includes club option for 2011
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DENVER - The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has agreed to terms with catcher Miguel Olivo on a one-year contract for the 2010 season. The deal also includes a club option for 2011. Financial terms were not disclosed, per club policy.

"Miguel adds experience, depth and leadership to an important position on our club," said Rockies VP General Manager Dan O'Dowd. "We are excited to add another player of character to our team."

Olivo, 31, hit .249 (97-for-390) with 23 home runs and 65 RBI in 114 games for the Kansas City Royals in 2009. Among Major League players who played primarily at catcher, only Joe Mauer hit more homers than Olivo (Victor Martinez also hit 23 homers). Olivo set career highs in home runs, RBI, total bases and slugging percentage, including an American League-best .692 slugging pct. during the month of June. The Royals' primary starter at catcher in 2009, Olivo played 103 games at the position including 97 starts. He threw out 18 of 74 attempted base stealers (24.3 percent), the 3rd-best mark among qualifying American League catchers. Additionally, Olivo was the starting catcher for 31 of the 33 games started by 2009 American League Cy Young award winner Zack Greinke (16-8, 2.16 ERA).

Following two seasons with the Royals (2008-09), Olivo returns to the National League for the first time since completing a two-year stint with the Florida Marlins (2006-07). As a member of the Marlins, Olivo amassed 32 home runs, 42 doubles and 118 RBI in 249 games over a two-year period. Also, on September 6, 2006, he caught Anibal Sanchez' no-hitter vs. Arizona.

The 2009 campaign marked the third time in the last four seasons that Olivo has slugged at least 16 home runs. Over the past four years, since 2006, the catcher's home run total (67) ranks 4th among all Major League backstops. Defensively, he owns a career fielding percentage of .987 at catcher, while also throwing out a total of 30.2 percent of attempted base stealers. Since making his Major League debut with the White Sox in 2002, Olivo has played in 754 games for Chicago-AL (2002-04), Seattle (2004-05), San Diego (2005), Florida and Kansas City. He was originally signed by the Oakland Athletics as a non-drafted free agent on September 30, 1996.

A native of Villa Vasquez, Dominican Republic, Olivo represented his county in the World Baseball Classic prior to the 2009 season. He was the catcher for Ubaldo Jimenez in the Dominican team's elimination game against Netherlands, as Jimenez set a tournament record by striking out 10 batters in just four innings.

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