DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies are bringing back one of the franchise's most popular players, agreeing to a $2.1 million, one-year contract with third baseman Vinny Castilla on Wednesday.
Castilla, a two-time All-Star with the Rockies, played on Colorado's expansion team in 1993 and was one of the cornerstones of its ``Blake Street Bombers'' days.
He hit .309 with 32 homers and 90 RBIs in 1995 -- the year of Colorado's only playoff appearance -- and was one of the most productive players in baseball from 1995-99, averaging 38 homers, 112 RBIs and hitting .302.
Castilla played seven seasons in Denver before being sent to Tampa Bay in a four-team deal that included Jeff Cirillo. He spent the past two years in Atlanta, where he hit .277 with 22 home runs and 76 RBIs last season.
Castilla became a free agent Sunday night after the Braves declined to offer him arbitration.
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