DENVER - APRIL 10: Relief pitcher Manuel Corpas #60 of the Colorado Rockies delivers against the San Diego Padres during MLB action at Coors Field on April 10, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. Corpas collected the loss as the Padres defeated the Rockies 5-4 in 14 innings. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Rockies Transactions: Rockies Cut Manuel Corpas

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Rockies Cut Reliever Manuel Corpas

In a surprising move, Troy Renck of the Denver Post has reported that the Colorado Rockies have cut reliever Manuel Corpas. Corpas signed a four year, $8.025 million deal shortly after he helped anchor the Colorado bullpen during the Rockies’ pennant run in 2007.

Ever since signing that contract, Corpas’ career has been a disappointment. After losing the closer job in the beginning of 2008, and suffering through elbow injuries in 2009, Corpas became the long man in the Rockies’ bullpen during the 2010 season. He performed admirably the first two months of the season, even filling in as closer when Huston Street was unable to pitch, but fatigue caught up to him. Corpas was put on the 60-Day Disabled List and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery.

By cutting him, the Colorado front office has guaranteed they will eat the remaining $3.75 million left on his contract. Corpas is now a free agent and can sign with any team, though he is still recovering from surgery and is unlikely to pitch before fall 2011.

Read the community response at Purple Row.

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Rockies Decline Options On Pitchers Jeff Francis And Octavio Dotel

The Colorado Rockies have officially declined options on both Jeff Francis and Octavio Dotel.

Francis, a left-handed pitcher and ace of the 2007 National League champions had a rough recovery from labrum surgery during the 2008 season. He returned to the rotation during 2010 and showed promise (while healthy), but the front office decided to decline the $7 million option for next season, officially making him a free agent. The two sides have agreed to continue talks and hope to reach a deal for less guaranteed money.

Octavio Dotel, a right-handed relief pitcher who wore three separate uniforms in 2010, will also become a free agent after the Rockies declined his option. Dotel, acquired at the waiver wire deadline from Los Angeles for a player to be named later, was acquired in the hopes of shoring up a weary bullpen for a playoff run. Instead, the team collapsed down the stretch and failed to qualify for the postseason.

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Rockies May Wait On Olivo Option

It appears that earlier report was premature, as Troy Renck is reporting the Rockies will hold off on exercising the $2.5 million option on Miguel Olivo.

Renck specifically mentions Red Sox C/1B free agent Victor Martinez as an offseason target. Martinez would not come cheap, but he would be an excellent platoon partner with Todd Helton at first base, as well as making starts at catcher.

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Rockies Trade For Octavio Dotel

The Colorado Rockies have traded for Los Angeles RHP Octavio Dotel in exchange for a player to be named later.

Dotel began the season as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, but was acquired at the trade deadline for two Dodger prospects.

While Dotel will not be playoff eligible this season, he is under contract for the 2011 campaign.

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Taylor Buchholz Designated For Assignment, Paul Phillips Called Up

Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Taylor Buchholz long road from Tommy John surgery took another unexpected turn today, as the team has designated him for assignment in order to call up backup catcher Paul Phillips from AAA Colorado Springs.

Buchholz has struggled with his health all season, and was never able to fully regain his form from a stellar 2008 season. He can now be claimed by any MLB team.

Phillips was called up as insurance with Miguel Olivo suffering an injury during the ninth inning of Colorado’s 10-5 victory over Cincinnati on Labor Day.

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Rockies Trade For Red Sox Reliever Manny Delcarmen

The Colorado Rockies have acquired Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Manny Delcarmen, along with an undisclosed amount of cash, for Single-A right-hander Chris Balcom-Miller according to ESPN Boston.

Delcarmen was 3-2 with a 4.70 ERA , 32 strikeouts, and 28 walks in 48 relief outings this season. The right-hander has been especially tough on lefty hitters, holding them to a .165 batting average.

Balcom-Miller, 21, pitched for the Rockies’ Single-A Asheville squad this season. He went 6-7 with a 3.31 ERA, 117 strikeouts, and 19 walks in 19 starts. He has been assigned to Single-A Greenville.

Selected by Colorado in the sixth round of the 2009 first-year player draft, Balcom-Miller is 10-7 with a 2.72 ERA and 177 strikeouts compared to 29 walks in 30 career starts in the Rockies’ system.

Delcarmen showed a lot of promise earlier in his Red Sox career.

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Randy Flores Designated For Assignment, Jonathan Herrera Called Up

The Rockies maneuvers have only just begun, with left handed reliever Randy Flores designated for assignment after Thursday’s loss to Los Angeles. Utility infielder Jonathan Herrera has been called up from AAA Colorado Springs to take his place, again leaving the Rockies with a six man bullpen and suggestions that Clint Barmes may be the next player to go.

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Hawpe Likely To Be Free Agent Wednesday; Matt Reynolds To Be Promoted

Troy Renck now tweets that Brad Hawpe will become a free agent tomorrow and that lefty Matt Reynolds will be promoted from Colorado Springs.

Renck also points out that the Texas Rangers are one team with interest. A trade was unlikely since the Rangers didn’t need to give up anything if the Rockies always planned on releasing Hawpe.

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Jhoulys Chacin Returns To Rotation, Buchholz Sent To DL

Rockies’ promising right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin makes his return to the starting rotation, taking Jeff Francis’ spot after Francis developed shoulder tendinitis and returned to the 15 day disabled list. In order to call up Chacin, the Rockies have placed Taylor Buchholz on the 15 day disabled list with a back strain.

Buchholz underwent Tommy John surgery last year, and had only recently made his return to the major league club in July. Buchholz had been the long man in the bullpen but was still suffering from occasional arm and back pain due to the stress..

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Report: Brad Hawpe Placed On Waivers; Braves Interested In Clint Barmes

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the Rockies have placed Hawpe on waivers:

The Rockies remain on the fringes of the wild-card race, 8 1/2 games back in the NL West, five out in the wild-card race. Rather than buy before the Aug. 31 deadline for setting postseason rosters, they could try to improve from within, turning to younger, more athletic players.

The team took a step toward that end Monday, placing outfielder/first baseman Brad Hawpe on trade waivers, according to a major-league source. Hawpe, batting .175/.309/.333, since the All-Star break, already has lost playing time. If the Rockies move him, they would create even greater opportunities for outfielder Seth Smith.

Ken Rosenthal is hit or miss on these types of things, but there is a very likely chance that this is true. Hawpe is dead weight on this team, but the Rockies won’t give him up for nothing. He’s still a possible starter at first base for the Rockies next season.

Rosenthal also reports that the Braves are interested in second baseman Clint Barmes.

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Helton Activated, 2B Jonathan Herrera Optioned Down

Rockies’ longtime first baseman Todd Helton makes his return to the lineup tonight against the San Francisco Giants. In order to make room, Jonathan Herrera has been optioned down to Colorado Springs.

Dexter Fowler seemed a likely candidate for the Disabled List after injuring his ribs making a game-saving catch on Sunday, but apparently he has recovered enough to stay on the active roster.

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