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Rockies sign Greg Burke to a minor league contract

The right-handed reliever is headed west, where his ground ball tendencies might be more greatly appreciated.


While the Mets are working hard to bring one of their right-handed relievers back into the fold, another has gone and flown the coop.

Adam Rubin is reporting today that sidearming right-hander Greg Burke has agreed to a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies. The Mets and Blue Jays were believed to also have made offers to Burke, but he chose the Rockies, who could make good use of the journeyman's 51-percent ground ball rate.

In 2013 with the Mets, Burke split time equally between Triple-A Las Vegas and Flushing while posting a horrible 5.68 ERA and 1.83 WHIP in the majors. For a guy who has floated around the minor leagues for a long time, Burke had a pretty decent strikeout rate (7.96 per nine), but he walked too many batters and a .364 BABIP against him didn't help manners. Still, Burke's xFIP was 3.95, so maybe he can make himself useful in Colorado.