Rockies keeping an eye on Melvin Mora

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mora swinging.JPGThe Denver Post’s Troy Renck hears that the Rockies are still monitoring Melvin Mora in their ongoing search for a utility infielder.

“Melvin likes it there. He’s definitely interested,” said agent Eric
Goldschmidt, on the possibility of his client heading to Colorado.

And who wouldn’t love playing in Coors Field?  Mora, 37, batted .260/.321/.358 last season with just 28 extra-base hits in 484 plate appearances.  It was a miserable year offensively, but the Rockies like that he is right-handed and can spell Ian Stewart at third base if necessary.  With mutual interest, contract discussions should run rather smoothly, and Renck writes that a decision is expected sometime within the next week.

For what it’s worth, the Cardinals and Angels have also contacted Mora’s agent at different points this winter.

Justin Verlander earns 200th career win

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Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.

Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.

Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.