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The Michael Young-to-Rockies trade rumors continue to cycle around these days. Just a few days ago Troy Renck reported that the Rockies were out of the deal and unlikely to re-enter. But now Jon Heyman tweets (found via Craig Calcaterra) that the Rockies are not out of it.
According to Heyman, the Rangers asked for a "very good player," likely a prospect. While not named, one must wonder if the Rangers would have liked a major leaguer or one of the Rockies' top prospects: lefties Tyler Matzek or Christian Friedrich or catcher Wilin Rosario.
The $48 million remaining on Young's contract, as always, remains a stumbling block. The more money the Rangers take on from that deal, the better the prospect they will want. However, the less money the Rangers take on, the less inclined the Rockies would be willing to make a deal.
If this entire saga has taught us anything, everyone who is reporting this story is talking to someone who has a different take on the situation. How long until the Rockies are out on Young again?
According to reports from the Denver Post's Troy Renck, the Colorado Rockies are no longer in pursuit of the Texas Rangers' Michael Young. The stumbling blocks that ended the Rockies' pursuit of Young were the money that remained on his contract and that Vladimir Guerrero signed with the Baltimore Orioles. The latter move has forced the Rangers to reassess their need to hold onto Young, who is expected to be the team's designated hitter this season.
Young is owed $48 million dollars over the next three seasons, and if any trade does happen the Rangers are expected to absorb a large portion of that amount. But the Rangers would also like to receive quality prospects in return. However, Young has publicly called out the organization for what he believes has been unfair treatment.
Ultimately, the Rangers may realize that they can't get a king's ransom in return for a player who clearly does not want to play in Texas any longer.
While Renck claims that his sources believe the Rockies are out of the running for Young, this entire situation is quite fluid and could still be revived--for the nth time this offseason.
On Monday night, the Texas Rangers held a conference call to discuss the team's situation with Michael Young. Young has been the subject of trade speculation since December, but over the weekend it was reported that he had demanded a trade.
Participating in the conference call were Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and owner Nolan Ryan. The Denver Post's Troy Renck listened into the call and tweeted what was said. The overall theme was that the team will attempt to satisfy Young's request for a trade, but only if it helps improve the team at the same time. They would like to mend the tattered relationship.
Daniels confirmed that Michael Young had asked for a trade about a week ago because he felt that moving to the designated hitter position would not be beneficial to his career. Young wants to play beyond the three years remaining on his contract.
Ryan said that he expects the Rangers to receive appropriate compensation for Young. The key parts to any deal will be how much money the Rangers must absorb of Young's remaining contract and what prospects they receive in return.
Daniels went on to indicate that if they do trade Young, he wants it to be with one of the eight teams Young can be traded to. The Colorado Rockies are one of those eight teams.
The trade rumors surrounding the Texas Rangers' Michael Young continue to swirl. The team that keeps coming up in connection with those rumors is the Colorado Rockies. However, Young's contract continues to be the stumbling block to executing a trade, reports the Denver Post's Troy Renck. Young is owed $48 million dollars over the next three seasons and the Rockies want the Rangers to absorb $20 million of that amount.
Colorado is an obvious landing spot for Young because of the uncertainty surrounding the position for the Rockies. Jose Lopez, acquired from the Seattle Mariners during the offseason, is the front-runner for the job entering spring training, but the team will need him to bounce back from a 2010 season in which he had a .609 OPS and a 71 OPS+. Moving out of Safeco Field for his home games and to Coors Field makes him a good candidate to rebound.
But should the Rangers and Rockies ever come to an agreement on the trade, what would it look like? Jose Lopez is almost certainly part of the deal. Aaron Cook and his $9.25 million salary could also go. At one point, Eric Young Jr. was a possible addition to the trade. The Rangers previously had interest in minor league outfielder Charlie Blackmon, but Renck believes the Rangers may want Esmil Rogers in the deal.
There's a lot of smoke around this deal, but will there eventually be a true fire to this?
According to a report by ESPNDeportes.com's Enrique Rojas, the Colorado Rockies and reliever Rafael Betancourt have reached a contract extension for 2012 with a mutual option for 2013, pending a physical. He would have entered the free agent market this offseason without this deal.
He will make $4 million in 2012 and $4.25 million in 2013 should both sides pick up the option. There is a $250,000 buyout should the option not be picked up.
The Rockies acquired Rafael Betancourt from the Cleveland Indians in July 2009 for minor league pitcher Connor Graham. He posted a 1.78 ERA, a 0.868 WHIP and a 268 ERA+ in 25 1/3 innings. During that offseason, he signed a two-year deal worth $7.55 million, $3.775 million each season. In 2010, Betancourt posted a 3.61 ERA in 62 1/3 innings. He averaged 12.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
The Rockies have made a good investment in a pitcher who will pitch the eighth inning and be the first option should closer Huston Street come down with an injury.
With this signing, the Rockies have successfully avoided going to an arbitration hearing with any of their five eligible players. The others were pitchers Matt Belisle, Jason Hammel, Matt Lindstrom and Felipe Paulino.
Stewart hit .256/.338/.443 with 18 homers in 2010. However, he had 25 home runs in 2009, experiencing a dip in power in 2010. He will enter the season as the team's third baseman, though the Rockies have brought in several players who can play the position: Joe Crede (returning from back injury), Jose Lopez (expected front-runner at second base) and Ty Wigginton (versatility in the infield and outfield).
Dan Lucero recently examined Ian Stewart's current situation with the Rockies.
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The Colorado Rockies' official Twitter feed announced that the team signed utility player Alfredo Amezaga to a minor league contract on Wednesday afternoon. He will receive an invitation to spring training.
In the league since 2002, Amezaga has played all over the baseball field, though most of his games have come at center field and shortstop. Missing the 2010 major league season, he is making his way back from microfracture surgery (he did play one minor league game).
The Rockies originally drafted Amezaga in the 47th round of the 1998 draft, but he opted to play junior college ball. The Angels then drafted him in the 13th round of 1999 draft. He eventually made his way to the Rockies in 2005, playing two games, before winding up with the Florida Marlins for the next several seasons.
The Colorado Rockies signed Chad Moeller to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. Moeller is another body in the battle for the Rockies' backup catcher position. He will be in a competition with Michael McKenry, Jose Morales and Matt Pagnozzi.
Moeller is an 11-year veteran who has spent his career as a backup catcher. He has played for the Minnesota Twins, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cincinnati Reds, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Yankees (twice) and the Baltimore Orioles.
In 2004, Moeller played in a career-high 101 games, but had a .569 OPS. In 2010, Moeller appeared in nine games for the Yankees. In his career, Moeller is .226/.267/.429 hitter.
According to the team's official Twitter feed, the Colorado Rockies made their second transaction on Monday when they traded minor league pitchers Ethan Hollingsworth to the Oakland Athletics for Clayton Mortensen. In order to create space on their 40-man roster, the Rockies designated Samuel Deduno for assignment.
Mortensen is a 25-year-old right-handed pitcher who spent 2010 with Oakland's Triple-A club, the Sacramento River Cats. He went 13-6 in 26 starts with a 4.25 ERA and 1.294 WHIP. He had 112 strikeouts in 165 1/3 innings. He received a spot start in the majors on July 3 against the Cleveland Indians. He allowed four runs in six innings and struck out seven batters on his way to a no-decision. Mortensen will be ticketed for Triple-A and make up for the loss of Chaz Roe.
Ethan Hollingsworth was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 MLB draft by the Rockies. He spent most of 2010 with the Modesto Nuts (12-8, 3.31 ERA), but received a promotion to Double-A Tulsa at the end of the season. He would have returned to Modesto had the Rockies kept him.
Samuel Deduno spent the end of August and then September with the Rockies, pitching in 2 2/3 innings in four games. Deduno has been beset with a number of arm injuries and missed most of the 2010 season. He has also had experienced command issues. It appears the Rockies are ready to move on from Deduno, 27, with the acquisition of Mortensen.
The Colorado Rockies have signed former outfielder Willy Taveras to a minor league contract with an invite to the team's major league camp according to the Rockies official Twitter feed.
Taveras, who was with the team during the 2007 run to the World Series, has spent the last two seasons with six different organizations, including the Cincinnati Reds and the Washington Nationals. However, he only had 35 at-bats during the 2010 season and is now 29 years old. Willy holds the current team record for steals with 68 in '08.
Hammel is the favorite for the fifth starter role entering the 2011 baseball season, after being a regular in the Rockies’ rotation the previous two seasons. The Rockies obtained Hammel via trade from the Tampa Bay Rays prior to the 2009 season in exchange for prospect Aneury Rodriguez, and he has been a consistent starter for the club during that time. The two year deal gives the Rockies cost certainty for the next two seasons, and it gives Hammel a guaranteed contract until 2013, when he becomes a free agent for the first time.
Details have not yet been announced, but this contract leaves Colorado with only Ian Stewart as arbitration eligible without a signed agreement for the 2011 season.
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The Colorado Rockies continue to add infield depth, signing former Chicago White Sox third baseman Joe Crede to a minor league deal with an invite to training camp.
Crede is widely regarded as an excellent fielding third baseman (rating at 45.9 runs above average the past four seasons)
but doesn’t bring much potential with his bat. In 2009, his last season in the major leagues, Crede hit .225/.289/.414 with 15 homeruns in Minnesota.
Crede missed the entire 2010 season while suffering a myriad of shoulder and back injuries, but appears ready to make a comeback with Colorado. He will be given the chance to fight for a roster spot in spring training, along with other infield invitees such as Jonathan Herrera, Mike Jacobs, and Jason Giambi.
The Colorado Rockies have reached an agreement with RHP Felipe Paulino, a one year contract worth $790,000. Because the two parties have settled on a contract offer, they will be able to avoid a salary arbitration hearing.
Paulino was acquired from the Houston Astros at the end of the 2010 season in exchange for SS/2B Clint Barmes. He is projected to enter Spring Training as a candidate for the fifth starter spot and will also receive consideration for a place in the bullpen. Last season, Paulino filled both roles with the Astros, with a 5.11 ERA in 91.2 innings pitched. He had a respectable 4.40 ERA as a starter in 2010.
Since Paulino is out of options, he cannot be sent down to the minor leagues and will have to break camp on the Rockies' major league roster if the club wishes to maintain team control over his rights.
The Colorado Rockies announced on Tuesday that they have agreed to a Minor League contract with Jason Giambi, pending a physical. He has received an invitation to spring training. Jon Heyman reports that Giambi will make $1 million should he be on the Rockies' major league roster. However, should he not appear in the majors, he will receive the normal salary for a player at the Triple-A level (provided he isn't let go for a chance somewhere else).
Giambi first came to the Colorado Rockies in September 2009 following his struggles with the Oakland Athletics. He immediately became a good clubhouse guy and was brought back for the 2010 season. He helped him Todd Helton rest at first base. He hit .244/.378/.398 with six homers and 35 RBI in 87 games.
While it looked as though Giambi would move elsewhere at the conclusion of the 2010 season, the designated hitter market in the American League had no legs to it. This appears to be a depth move for spring training and as a way to showcase him for other teams who are looking for a veteran presence off the bench at the start of the 2011 season. However, the Denver Post's Troy Renck reports that the Rockies could go with four outfielders and Ty Wigginton being able to handle the corner outfield spots in order to get Giambi on the roster.
#Rockies agree to 2-yr deal with Matt Lindstrom, avoiding arb, with a club option for 2013. Stewart, Paulino, Hammel arg eligible Rox left.less than a minute ago via TweetDeckColorado Rockies
However, no salary figure is yet available. The Rockies have five arbitration-eligible players this offseason and now have two players under new contracts following Lindstrom's deal. Matt Belisle avoided arbitration last week with a $2.35 million deal.
Lindstrom completed his fourth year in the major leagues, spending the first three seasons with the Florida Marlins before joining the Astros for the 2010 season. His last two seasons have not been great (5.89 and 4.39 ERAs with far too many walks per nine innings), but the Rockies' scouts see something in him and his upper-90s fastball. The 2013 option would buy out his first year of free agency. Also, Huston Street could be gone after 2012 (there is mutual option for 2013) and Rafael Betancourt is a free agent after this season.
Third baseman Ian Stewart and pitchers Jason Hammel and Felipe Paulino are the remaining arbitration-eligible players. Paulino, who will compete for a rotation spot or a place in the bullpen, was acquired in a separate deal from the Houston Astros for Clint Barmes.
Belisle had a 2.93 ERA and a 1.087 WHIP in 92.0 innings in 2010. This is a well deserved pay raise for the relief pitcher who made $850,000 last season. Besides putting up career best in ERA and WHIP, Belisle saw a career best in K/9 with 8.9. He was the best pitcher on the Colorado Rockies not named Ubaldo Jimenez, finishing second in ERA behind the third-place NL Cy Young finisher.
Belisle will resume his seventh-inning role as part of the Rockies' bullpen, but manager Jim Tracy should be cautious in not overworking Belisle this season. It is likely that we will see some regression on Belisle's part, but for now he will be one of the go-to pitchers in the bullpen when needed in those crucial late-inning frames.
Why is this significant? Dotel was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of last season to aid in the playoff push. Though the Colorado Rockies failed to make the playoffs, they decided to offer contract arbitration to Dotel, a Type B free agent.
Dotel declined arbitration, thus ensuring the Colorado Rockies will receive an extra draft pick in the supplementary round (between the first and second rounds) of next year’s2011 Amateur Draft, widely considered to be the deepest draft in years.
Colorado and Toronto essentially swapped supplementary picks, as catcher Miguel Olivo was traded to the Blue Jays for $500,000. Toronto offered Olivo arbitration before he declined and signed a two year deal with the Seattle Mariners.
The Colorado Rockies announced the signings of infielder Matt Macri and outfielder Jeff Salazar, both former prospects who left the organization several years ago. These are depth signings that offer options should anyone on the major league club become injured.
Salazar was drafted by the Rockies in the eighth round of the 2000 draft and eventually worked his way up to Colorado in 2006. He had a September call-up with the team that year and hit 284/.409/.415 in 67 plate appearances. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Salazar off waivers prior to the start of the 2007 season. He moved to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009, but then spent all of 2010 with the Baltimore Orioles’ Triple-A team, the Norfolk Tides.
Macri was taken in the fifth round of the 2004 draft and was traded to the Minnesota Twins in 2007 for Ramon Ortiz. Macri appeared in 18 games with the Twins in 2008. He has played for their Triple-A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings, each of the last two seasons.
All three will likely compete for jobs at Triple-A Colorado Springs, though an occasional game with the Rockies in spring training isn’t out of the question.
Lindstrom appears to be the "final bullpen piece" that multiple sources have claimed the Rockies have been pursuing. Since talks for Seattle RHP David Aardsma died down to the Mariners’ high asking price, Colorado pursued other alternatives.
Lindstrom will be 31 at the beginning of the 2011 season, and is likely to join Matt Belisle and Rafael Betancourt as setup men for closer Huston Street. Last season, Lindstrom threw 58.1 innings last season with a 4.39 ERA. He also was credited with 23 saves in 2010 for Houston.
Lindstrom was a member of the Florida Marlins before Houston traded for him prior to the 2009 season. According to Fangraphs, Lindstrom’s fastball ranges from 94-96 mph, with a 84 mph slider as a secondary pitch.
He profiles as a different type of player from Belisle and Betancourt, a late inning pitcher who can throw 95+ mph, though not quite the same command. If Lindstrom does have weaknesses, it would be his tendency to walk batters.
Colorado gave up two minor league pitchers in LHP Wes Musick, who pitched in Single-A Asheville last season, and RHP Jonnathan Aristil, a converted infielder. Neither was considered a Top 30 prospect in the Colorado system.
With the Rockies, Jacobs will play first base for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and give the Rockies another option at the big league level should injuries pop up.
Jacobs began his major league career with the Mets in 2005, but then spent the next three seasons with the Florida Marlins. He best year in the majors was his third and final year with the Marlins when he hit 32 home runs and drove in 93 runs. He play for the Kansas City Royals in 2009 before signing with the Mets prior to the start of the 2010 season.
Morales has some major league experience the past two years in Minnesota backing up Joe Mauer. In 2009, Morales played in 54 games for the Twins, batting .311, though with little power potential. He has bounced between the major leagues and AAA the past four seasons while suffering through some injuries, but gives the Rockies another contact bat. Morales will be competing for the backup spot in spring training against free agent signing Matt Pagnozzi and rookie Michael McKenry.
The Rockies front office has declared Chris Iannetta the starting catcher for 2011, and this move helps cement that assertion as fact. Instead of paying money for a proven catcher, such as Bengie Molina or John Buck, they instead made a minor trade to create competition behind Iannetta, and simultaneously asserting his claim to the position.
The Colorado Rockies announced the signing of two players to Minor League deals: Eric Duncan and Geno Espineli. Duncan was the New York Yankees’ first round draft pick in 2003 (27th overall), a local pick since he came from Florham Park, NJ. As an 18-year-old, Duncan hit .301 with an .836 OPS between the Gulf Coast League and the New-York Penn League.
He eventually made it to the Triple-A level, but he never quite showed a progression in skills. He stagnated at the Triple-A level with the Yankees through 2009. He joined the Atlanta Braves’ organization in 2010 and hit .267/.323/.396 for their Double-A Mississippi team.
A third baseman originally, Duncan eventually started to play first base and both corner outfield spots. He played the majority of his games in 2010 at second base.
Espineli has been a reliever in the San Francisco Giants organization since he was selected in 14th round of the 2004 draft. He appeared in the majors in 2008 for 15 appearances, but to make anything out of his numbers would be meaningless given the small sample size.
Both players received invitations to Spring Training.
Lopez was a prime non-tender candidate for Seattle, meaning he would have become a free agent after midnight,, eastern time. Instead of letting him test the market, Colorado decided to acquire the 27-year-old infielder.
Lopez carried an OPS of .764 and .766 in 2008 and 2009, but suffered from a miserable season in 2010, like many of his Seattle teammates. Last season, Lopez barely managed a .239 batting average and an OPS of .609.
Even with these extremely low numbers, the Rockies are hoping that a change from the pitching friendly Safeco Field in Seattle to Coors Field will help his numbers recover, making him a prime bounceback candidate and giving Lopez a chance at either the starting second baseman role or the utility infield role.
Asst GM Bill Geivett: "We feel like Lopez's power is still in there. Coming to our park will help him.''
Chaz Roe, a right-handed minor league pitcher, was originally a sandwich pick for the Colorado Rockies in the 2005 Amateur Draft, selected 32nd overall. The 24-year-old pitcher was a member of the Triple-A Colorado Springs rotation in 2010, going 9-13 with a 5.98 ERA. Though he still has potential as a major league starter, it was becoming unlikely that Roe would ever make the Colorado roster.
This is an interesting development, though not entirely unexpected. The real question if this signing does happen is, where does Berkman play? He isn't going to start as the full-time first baseman with Todd Helton still around, so a platoon would likely be expected at the position. Would the Rockies consider trying Berkman in the outfield, which he hasn't played since 2007? He would be 35 during the 2011 season, and returning him to the outfield after a three-year layoff may not be the best idea.
The St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays were reported to be Berkman's suitors earlier in the offseason, with Oakland being the most aggressive. Renck indicated in a later tweet that this is far from a done deal, but Berkman likes the Rockies and would prefer to stay in the National League. However, it looks like the Colorado Rockies are hitting on all points during the hot stove season.
Berkman played his entire career with the Houston Astros until the middle of this season when he was traded to the New York Yankees before the July deadline. He hit a combined .248/.368/.413 with 14 homers in 122 games as an Astro and a Yankee.
The Colorado Rockies are unlikely to tender reliever Manny Delcarmen, according to the Denver Post's Troy Renck. Delcarmen was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in late August for the stretch run for right handed pitching prospect Chris Balcolm-Miller.
Also in talking to a source, the Rockies are expected to non-tender reliever Manny Delcarmen. Interesting experiment that didn't work outless than a minute ago via TweetDeckTroy Renck, Rockies
Delcarmen was an elite reliever with Boston from 2006-2008 -- and a Boston-raised hometown hero -- helping the Red Sox win the 2007 World Series over the Rockies. He has struggled since the 2009 season and has been unable to find the same control that made him successful at the beginning of his career.
Seen as a "live arm" in the bullpen, Delcarmen failed to impress the Rockies' front office in his brief time within the organization and will become a free agent.
As the free agent pitching market continues to dwindle, the Colorado Rockies will need to start thinking creatively on how to fill in holes on the roster.One way would be to bring in former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Webb. According to the Denver Post’s Troy Renck, the Rockies will look at Webb as an alternative now that Jorge De La Rosa is as good as gone and Jon Garland re-signed with the Dodgers.
Webb had one of the best sinkers in the majors before shoulder injuries derailed his career over the last two seasons. He pitched the 2009 season opener against the Colorado Rockies and has not seen a major league field since then.
If fully healthy with his sinker working, Webb would be a good match for Coors Field. Whichever team signs him will likely need to offer him a heavily-laden incentive contract.
Renck reports that the Rockies are also interested in former Twins reliever Jesse Crain. Crain is a Colorado native who has great stuff as late-innings guy. He made $10 million in arbitration for his 2010 salary.
He will compete for a spot in the bullpen during spring training, but there’s no guarantee he will make the final 25-man roster. The split contract he signed will help the team’s payroll slightly if he is sent to Colorado Springs.
Daley was signed by the Rockies as an amateur free agent in 2004 after no team selected him in the June draft. Daley made his major league debut in 2009 with the Rockies.
Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that the Colorado Rockies will offer salary arbitration to pitchers Jorge De La Rosa and Octavio Dotel. Both players have until Nov. 30 to accept or decline the offer.
It comes as no surprise that the Rockies would offer De La Rosa salary arbitration, because De La Rosa, a Type A free agent, would return two draft picks to the Rockies when he signs elsewhere.
The signing team would surrender its first- or second-round pick in the 2011 draft to the Rockies, who would receive a choice in the supplemental first round too. As the offseason has taken shape, the Colorado Rockies are not willing to offer a four-year contract to De La Rosa--a deal breaker for De La Rosa. With several other teams apparently offering four-year contracts, this offer of arbitration is necessary to receive draft pick compensation.
Offering Dotel arbitration is a bit of a surprise because the Rockies declined his $4.5 million option a couple weeks ago. However, the Type B free agent would yield the Rockies a second supplemental first-round pick in the June draft. While there is no indication such an agreement took place, it's possible the offer of arbitration is a gentlemen's agreement that has the pitcher decline the offer of arbitration. The Yankees and Javier Vazquez have such an agreement.
Martinez was coveted by many teams for his versatility. The soon-to-be-32 year old catcher would have been used behind the plate and to spell Todd Helton at first base. That scenario, however, will have to remain a pipe dream.
The Detroit Tigers named Martinez their top offseason priority at the end of the season, and they paid to make sure they would acquire him. The deal is for four years, and $50 million.
While Colorado currently has the financial flexibility to sign an impact player such as Martinez for $10 million to $12 million, they are unwilling to sign any free agents to more than a three year deal at this point, in order to maintain their flexibility for 2014, when Carlos Gonzalez, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Troy Tulowitzki’s current deals expire.
The Colorado Rockies made several additions to their 40-man roster earlier today in order to protect minor league prospects who would become eligible for the Rule 5 draft this December. The newest additions to the 40-man roster are pitchers Bruce Billings, Cory Riordan and Casey Weathers and catchers Jordan Pacheco and Wilin Rosario.
Bruce Billings pitched for Double-A Tulsa in 2010 and made the transition to the bullpen halfway through the season. Billings has an outstanding fastball that profiles better for a reliever and lacks a third pitch.
Cory Riordan was Billings' teammate this season and had a 4.01 ERA in 161 2/3 innings pitched.
Casey Weathers was the eighth overall pick by the Rockies in 2007 and looked like he could move through the system fast. However, Tommy John surgery curtailed his development time, but Weathers now appears on track to make his debut in the majors this season. Watch out for his fastball.
Jordan Pacheco split time between Modesto and Tulsa in 2010 and hit well at both levels (.851 OPS in Modesto, .832 OPS in Tulsa). He played in the Arizona Fall League and had an .876 OPS in the hitter-friendly league.
Wilin Rosario dominated the Texas League until he tore his ACL in July. As a 21-year-old in the Texas League, Rosario hit .285/..342/.552 with 19 homers. He has recovered faster than expected and could receive a September call-up, if not earlier.
Considering Barmes was unlikely to receive a contract offer from Colorado and would become a free agent, any trade is surprising.
Paulino will be entering his first year of arbitration -- the main reason Houston was willing to give him up in trade -- and has an uninspiring major league history so far. He appeared in 19 games last season for Houston, starting 14 of them, and finished the season with a 5.11 ERA. At this point in his career, he is nothing more than emergency pitching depth for Colorado and can be used as a spot starter in case of injury.
The Diamondbacks are looking to fill a myriad of holes, and are asking for as many as four to five players in return for Upton, a 23-year-old former all-star. An Arizona official indicated that the club would be willing to move Upton within the division if the deal was right. Ultimately that will be new general manager Kevin Towers’ decision.
Contrary to the popular notion that the Monfort Bros. do not want to expand the team budget, it appears as though adding a player of Upton’s caliber would make the owners spend the money to do so. However, this deal has a couple of things going against it.
First, a deal with the Rockies would be inside the division. While Renck reports the Diamondbacks are open to this, the Rockies would need to break the bank, which leads to the second point. If four to five players are expected in return, some combination of young prospects, including starting pitchers Tyler Matzek and Christian Friedrich, catcher Wilin Rosario and third baseman Nolan Arenado, would likely appear in the trade.
And with free agent pitchers starting to sign, the Rockies will need to start exploring trades to fill Jorge De La Rosa’s spot in the rotation. The White Sox’s Gavin Floyd could be available, but for Ian Stewart as a possibility? I’m with Dick Monfort on this: be really reluctant to trade a young player. Gavin Floyd is not as valuable as Justin Upton would be.
The Rockies again are drawing heavy interest in infielder Clint Barmes, but only figure to trade him or non-tender him if they’re unable to sign him to a multi-year deal.
Barmes has one year left of arbitration, but during the final month of the season it became clear that he would not be back with the team. While there was some discussion of bringing Barmes back, Rosenthal’s report appears to make that a bit more of a possibility.
However, the team should really look to trade Barmes. While his defense at second base is top-notch, his bat is a drag on the batting order, often ending things with a pop out. The Rockies should continue to monitor the Dan Uggla situation in Florida and attempt to get into a bidding war if it comes to that. If not, Eric Young Jr., Johnny Herrera and Chris Nelson will battle for the second baseman’s job during spring training.
Cross Hiroki Kuroda off the Colorado Rockies wish list for the offseason. ESPN now reports that the 35-year-old right-handed pitcher are close to a one-year, $12 million contract with the only major league team he has played for, the Los Angeles Dodgers. One must wonder if such a short-term deal indicates Kuroda wants to return to Japan after the 2011 season.
The Yankees have recently expressed interest in the Rockies’ Jorge De La Rosa, who is the second-best pitcher on the marker after Cliff Lee. The Yankees are widely considered the favorites to land Lee, so the interest in De La Rosa is as a fallback possibility. However, with the Yankees’ interest already known, the Rockies will have an even tougher time re-signing the lefty.
For the last year and a half, Rockies faithful have loved them some Jason Giambi. Well, move over Great Giambino because there could be a new aging slugger on the Colorado Rockies roster, Jermaine Dye.
Dye, who chose not to play last season despite several offseason offers, is itching to come back to the Major Leagues and according to reports, three teams have inquired about his services, including the Rockies.
"I just want to play for a contender and am open to playing other positions," the 36-year old said referring to platooning between the outfield and first base.
The 2005 World Series MVP, who has 325 career homeruns while batting .274 in his 14 big league seasons, might still have some gas left in his tank. In his last season in the majors, 2009 with the Chicago White Sox, Dye hit 27 homeruns and drove in 81 RBI while playing in 141 games.
If he ends up signing, this wouldn't be Dye's first time as a member of the Colorado Rockies either. You trivia buffs out there might remember that, although he never suited up, Dye was briefly a Rockie in the 2001 offseason between playing for the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics.
On July 25, 2001, the Rockies traded Neifi Perez to the Royals for Dye, and that same day turned around and shipped Dye to the Oakland Athletics for Todd Belitz, Mario Encarnacion and Jose Ortiz.
Troy Renck now reports the Colorado Rockies have added another pitcher to their free agent pitcher list:
In talking to multiple sources today I have confirmed Rockies have interest in Javier Vazquez, though his preference is to pitch back eastless than a minute ago via TweetDeckTroy Renck, Rockies
However, Vazquez has succeeded better in the National League, where he has spent the majority of his career. With the Braves in 2009, he finished fourth in the NL Cy Young voting after posting a 15-10 record (but who cares about that?), a 2.87 ERA and a 143 ERA+.
Given his desire to remain on the East Coast, Vazquez seems to be a bit of a reach for the Rockies to pursue. As reported yesterday, the Rockies are also interested in Jake Westbrook, Jon Garland and Hiroki Kuroda. Of course, this is all based on the assumption that the Rockies will be unable to sign Jorge De La Rosa.
Troy Renck reports that the Rockies have already begun their pursuit of a free agent pitcher this offseason:
With Jorge De La Rosa unlikely to return to Denver, the Rockies will now look at several other options on the free agent market. Among them is Jake Westbrook, who spent the 2010 season between the Cleveland Indians and the St. Louis Cardinals. He spent the previous two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery, but is a groundball pitcher who would fit in well at Coors Field.
Jon Garland moved to the NL West in 2009 and has already spent time with three of the five clubs there (Arizona, Los Angeles and most recently San Diego). He’s an innings-eater who threw 200 innings, another kind of pitcher the Rockies would like. While not a strikeout pitcher, Garland did have a career best 6.1 K/9.
Hiroki Kuroda has pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers in his first three seasons since coming from Japan. He is coming off of his best season, displaying a 3.39 ERA, a 1.161 WHIP and a 113 ERA+. Pitching records don’t tell much (28-30 for his career), but Kuroda looks to be the best of the bunch.
For more on the Rockies’ interest in these three pitchers, head on over to Purple Row.
It's now November, so let baseball free agency reign! The Colorado Rockies have seven players who will be available to the highest bidder. They are: pitchers Joe Beimel, Jorge De La Rosa, Octavio Dotel and Jeff Francis, infielders Jason Giambi and Melvin Mora and outfielder Jay Payton. De La Rosa and Dotel both offer draft pick compensation depending on what happens with them. Steve Foster of InsideTheRockies.com explains:
The Rockies would be in line for draft-pick compensation if they offer arbitration to two of their free agents — De La Rosa and Dotel — and the players sign elsewhere. De La Rosa, a Type-A free agent, would bring the signing team’s first- or second-round pick and a supplemental first-round pick. Dotel, a Type-B free agent, would bring a supplemental first-rounder.
The deadline to offer arbitration is Nov. 23 and the Rockies are almost sure to offer De La Rosa arbitration. Dotel could receive a hefty one-year contract if the Rockies offered arbitration and he accepted, seeing that his $4.5 million options was recently declined. The Rockies could bring him back on a much cheaper deal later on, but the risks of offering arbitration could prove to be too much for the team.
Of the seven free agents, Jeff Francis and Melvin Mora are the two most likely to return. Francis made a return from injury this season and had his ups-and-downs. He would keep the rotation from being all right-handed if he signed, Of course, if De La Rosa did re-sign with the Rockies, this would leave Francis hanging. However, De La Rosa's preference for a five-year deal will likely preclude that from happening.
Mora turned from being the 25th man on the roster to one of the key offensive contributors during the 2010 season. He has versatility in the infield, playing first, second and third. While he would not start for the Rockies, Mora could take over third base if Ian Stewart fails to show improvements early in the season.
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