The Rockies signed Roman Quinn to a minor league deal, as per Quinn’s MLB.com profile page. This is the third minors contract and the third organization of 2023 for Quinn, who previously played with the Guardians and Brewers this year.
A veteran of six MLB seasons, Quinn has spent much of his career with the Phillies before he was designated for assignment midway through 2022 and subsequently elected free agency. His transactional whirlwind first took him to the Royals on a minor league deal before he caught on with the Rays on a big league contract just over a year ago. Quinn ended up playing 21 games in a Tampa uniform before hitting the injured list due to a knee contusion, and the Rays then outrighted him following the season.
Injuries have basically been the story of Quinn’s career, as he was a well-regarded prospect during his time in Philadelphia’s farm system but has been frequently set back by a variety of health issues. The most prominent among his long list of injuries include a ruptured right Achilles as a minor leaguer in 2013, and then a torn left Achilles that prematurely ended his 2021 season. The 30-year-old Quinn has been limited to 222 games over his MLB career, and he has hit .226/.303/.348 over 599 plate appearances.
Kris Bryant and Charlie Blackmon are both on the Rockies’ IL, so Quinn gives Colorado some depth in the outfield. Randal Grichuk was been mentioned as a possible trade candidate before the deadline, and it’s possible Jurickson Profar (also a free agent after the season) could also be moved despite his underwhelming numbers. Quinn’s signing could indicate that the Rox are preparing for at least one outfield-related departure prior to the August 1 deadline.