SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A three-judge arbitration panel sided with the Rockies by awarding catcher Wilin Rosario a $2.8 million salary for 2015, it was announced on Wednesday.
Rosario filed for a $3.3 million salary. Last season, Rosario hit .267 with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs in 106 games while dealing with a left wrist injury and a draining bout with the flu. Rosario had hit 49 homers over the previous two seasons.
Seeking improved pitch handling and pitch calling, Colorado signed Nick Hundley for two years and $6.25 million and installed him as the starting catcher. Rosario will continue to catch, but the club also is working with him at first base and in the outfield to increase playing time opportunities.
Rosario's was just the fourth arbitration hearing in Rockies history, which began in 1993. The Rockies have prevailed in three of them. It was the first since a panel sided with the club, rather than pitcher Brian Fuentes, in 2008.
Rosario's salary brings the Rockies' commitments to 17 players and a total of $94.9 million. The current total already outstrips last year's club Opening Day-record total of $93.581 million, which accounted for the 25-man roster plus left-handed pitcher Boone Logan, who began the year on the 15-day disabled list.
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