Rockies ink three to Minor League deals

Rockies ink three to Minor League deals

DENVER -- The Rockies have agreed to terms on Minor League contracts with three players, outfielder Jeff Salazar and infielders Matt Macri and Tug Hulett, player development director Marc Gustafson said Thursday.

Salazar, who played 19 games for the Rockies in 2006, and Macri are returning to the organization. Salazar was a Rockies eighth-round pick in 2002 and Macri was a fifth-round choice in 2004.

Salazar, 30, has played in the Majors with the Rockies (2006), D-backs (2007-08) and Pirates (2009) and is a career .232 hitter in 168 games. Macri, 28, appeared in 18 games for the Twins in 2008 and hit .324 in 34 at-bats. Hulett, who turns 28 on Feb. 28, played for the Mariners (2008) and Royals (2009) and hit .194 in 45 total games.

All three have straight Minor League contracts, but the Rockies have not completed their invitations for Major League Spring Training.

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