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Rockies acquire Cassevah from Angels


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Rockies expanded their big league Spring Training roster to 66 Saturday when they signed right-handed reliever Bobby Cassevah to a Minor League contract and invited him to camp.

Cassevah had been outrighted by the Angels on Friday, but he declined a Triple-A assignment and elected free agency instead. The Rockies scooped him up a day later to contend for their 'pen.

Though he pitched in only four games for the Angels in 2012, Cassevah made 50 appearances for the club since his big league debut in April of 2010. He owns a 3.20 ERA in 64 2/3 innings pitched, with 34 strikeouts against 33 walks. Perhaps most appealing to the Rockies, he has a 65.9 percent groundball ratio.

Pitchers and catchers reported to the Rockies Minor League camp Saturday, with position players reporting Friday. Cassevah can expect at least an appearance or two in Cactus League play as his new club gets a close look at him. He made one spring appearance with the Angels on Feb. 24, throwing one scoreless inning while allowing a hit and two walks.

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