Feb 21, 2010 9:10 PM

Rockies want to see C Iannetta reach potential

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Colorado Rockies gave catcher Chris Iannetta financial security. Now they hope he can acquire peace of mind and reach his potential.

After hitting .228 in 93 games last year with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs, Iannetta, who was eligible for arbitration for the first time, signed a three-year, $8.35 million contract. The deal
includes a $5 million club option for 2013, the first year Iannetta could become a free agent.

General manager Dan O'Dowd downplayed the importance of cost certainty from the team's standpoint.

Iannetta began 2009 as the Rockies' regular catcher. He lost that job in August to Yorvit Torrealba and from Sept. 1 through the end of the regular season had a mere 20 at-bats.

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