Ryan Spilborghs, Cole Garner Enter Free Agent Market After Colorado Rockies Non-Tender Outfielders

In a none-too-surprising move, the Colorado Rockies announced on Monday night that the team non-tendered outfielder Ryan Spilborghs. However, General Manager Dan O'Dowd is willing to consider bringing Spilborghs back if other moves don't pan out, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

Outside of a one-game appearance in 2005, Spilborghs has been a familiar face to Rockies fans since 2006. He was a great bat off the bench for the first couple of seasons, but then he started to play extensively in 2009 and 2010, appearing in 267 games, and turned into more of a liability than an asset (he struck out over 20 percent of the time in those two seasons). In 2011, Spilborghs played in 98 games, but Carlos Gonzalez, Dexter Fowler and Seth Smith all cut into his playing time.

Spilborghs will always be remembered for his epic 14th inning grand slam against the San Francisco Giants in a late August 2009 game.

The Rockies also non-tendered Cole Garner a career minor leaguer who was drafted by the team in 2003. He finally made the majors in 2011,but he was limited to just four games.

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