Relievers Colome, Sampson join Rockies organization

February 14, 2011 | 9:51 pm  

Relievers Jesus Colome and Chris Sampson have agreed on minor-league contracts with the Colorado Rockies, who view the two veterans as possible additions to their pitching depth if they make the Triple-A Colorado Springs roster to begin the season.

Sampson, 32, has spent his entire career in the Astros organization. In 35 games last season, Sampson went 1-0 with a 5.93 ERA with eight walks and 16 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings and 43 hits allowed, including seven home runs. On July 25, the Astros optioned Sampson to Triple-A Round Rock where he went 1-2 with a 2.35 ERA in 13 games.

Colome, who turns 32 on March 23, went 0-1 with a 5.28 in 11 games for the Mariners last year with 11 walks, 16 strikeout and 15 hits allowed in 17 innings. After the Mariners designated Colome for assignment on June 1, he also pitched a total of 10 games at the Triple-A level for the Rangers and Dodgers last year.

In addition to the Mariners, Colome has pitched for the Rays, his original organization, Nationals and Brewers. In 341 major league relief appearances, Colome is 19-27 with a 4.69 ERA. He was an extremely hard thrower at one time but with spotty control, as reflected in 224 walks and 330 strikeouts in 426 1/3 career innings.