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Rockies sign Joe Mather

The Rockies have inked former Cardinals outfielder, corner infielder and emergency relief pitcher Joe Mather to a minor league contract.

Mather, 28, is a .228 hitter over parts of three seasons. He played with St. Louis in 2008 and 2010 and Atlanta this season before being twice designated for assignment. The Braves called him back the majors after the first demotion. But the second time Mather declined to be sent to the minors, instead opting to become a free agent.

His best season at the plate came in 2008 when Mather hit .241 with eight homers. He tried out at third base in 2009 and looked like he might have a bright future with the Cardinals as a super utility player. But that was derailed when an injury dashed his hopes of playing in the majors in 2009. He hit only .176 in Class AAA in 150 plate appearances and seemed to fall off the radar of the Redbirds.