Right-handed reliever Mike McClendon has received an invite to Spring Training with the Rockies, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. McClendon spent the last three seasons in the majors as a member of Milwaukee's bullpen. McClendon will not be added to the roster, but has a chance to win a spot in March.
A tenth-round draft pick by the Brewers in 2006, McClendon has spent his entire career in Milwaukee's organization. He made his major league debut in 2010 and spent the next three seasons yo-yo-ing between Triple-A and the majors. The Florida native compiled a 3.88 ERA across 48.2 major-league innings, striking out 35 batters and walking 15. HIs 2012 campaign was disappointing at both levels, with a 6.43 ERA in the majors and 4.19 in Triple-A.
The Rockies finished last in the majors in ERA with a 5.22 staff ERA. Much of this was due to the starting rotation, but with no team finishing within .43 of the Rockies' mark. pitching is something the Rockies will address before the 2013 season.