Rockies sign three to minor league contracts

Updated: January 18, 2006, 11:26 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies agreed to minor league contracts Wednesday with pitcher Keiichi Yabu, left-hander Tom Martin and first baseman Carlos Rivera.

 Keiichi Yabu
Yabu

 Tom Martin
Martin

 Carlos Rivera
Rivera

All three will be invited to spring training.

The 37-year-old Yabu made his major league debut with Oakland last year after pitching for 11 seasons in the Japanese Central League. He went 4-0 with one save and a 4.50 ERA in 40 relief appearances for the Athletics.

Martin split last season between Atlanta and the minors in Houston's organization. He is 9-9 with a 4.88 ERA in 282 major league relief appearances.

Rivera played in 85 big league games with Pittsburgh from 2003-04. He hit his first career home run at Coors Field in 2003.


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