Jonathan Herrera will be able to focus on making the team, not a potential arbitration hearing.
The Rockies agreed to a one-year, $900,000 contract with the infielder Wednesday, leaving Dexter Fowler and Jhoulys Chacin as their unresolved cases.
The sides exchanged figures last week. Chacin asked for $2.6 million and the Rockies countered at $1.7 million. Fowler requested $5.15 million, with the club at $4.25 million. That created a $4.7 million midpoint. The Rockies briefly entertained the idea of offering the center fielder a multiyear contract but decided against it.
Herrera, who has played several positions the last few seasons, will need a good spring to make the team.
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has said that his surgically repaired groin is healthy — shifting last year's promising rookie, Josh Rutledge, to second base.
Todd Helton enters spring training as the Rockies' starting first baseman, though Michael Cuddyer and Tyler Colvin also will get playing time there.
Chris Nelson (out of minor-league options), Jordan Pacheco, DJ LeMahieu and Ryan Wheeler will compete for playing time at third base.
LeMahieu figures to battle Herrera for a bench spot, depending how third base shakes out.
Herrera, a favorite of former Rockies manager Jim Tracy because of his defense, hit .262 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 86 games last season.
The Rockies would love to bring in catcher Yorvit Torrealba on a minor-league deal, especially with Ramon Hernandez set to play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, possibly for three weeks.