The Rockies officially signed catcher Paul Lo Duca to a minor league deal today. If he makes the team, Lo Duca's role will be to come off the bench as a backup option at catcher, first base and the outfield. The news first broke Tuesday when Lo Duca texted MLB Home Plate producer James Kouledianos.
The Denver Post's Troy Renck reported Tuesday that the Rockies' interest in Lo Duca may be related to his relationship with manager Jim Tracy --- the catcher played under Tracy in Los Angeles from 2001 to 2004. Lo Duca, a former four-time All-Star, last played in the majors in 2008, when he posted a .243/.321/.295 line in 193 plate appearances with the Marlins and Nationals.