Spring Training 2012: Colorado Rockies Ready For New Season

The Colorado Rockies are prepping for thei 2012 campaign with a roster full of new faces.

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Rockies Spring Training 2012: Ubaldo Jimenez Wanted Trade Before Being Dealt To Cleveland

Cleveland Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez says that he went into spring training a year ago looking for the Colorado Rockies to trade him, but he had to wait until June 30 to see a deal get completed.

Speaking with Tracy Ringolsby of FOX Sports Arizona, Jimenez says that he was disappointed when the team gave contract extensions to fellow stars Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez without offering one to him.

I read in the paper that the Rockies said they were only going to sign two guys, they couldn't do three guys. I was the third guy. They signed the two guys they were going to sign and they gave them more (years) and bigger (salaries).

Uncomfortable with the situation as the season began, Jimenez also dealt with some injuries that further compounded the pitcher's issues. Eventually, he was traded to Cleveland for a package centered on prospects Drew Pomeranz and Alex White.

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Jeremy Guthrie Trade: New Rockies Pitcher Should Battle Jhoulys Chacin For Opening Day Starter Role

Now that Jeremy Guthrie is a member of the Colorado Rockies following the Monday morning trade with the Baltimore Orioles, where does the pitcher fit in with the current rotation picture? Guthrie is certainly a candidate to start Opening Day for the Rockies, as Troy Renck of the Denver Post points out. This makes sense since there really are no guarantees in the rotation right now outside of Jhoulys Chacin.

The Rockies traded last year's Opening Day starter, Ubaldo Jimenez, and are looking for several starters to take a step forward out of a group of 15 guys. Guthrie and Chacin will most certainly be the top two pitchers in the rotation to start the season, but Drew Pomeranz will be looked on to step things up should be break camp in the team's rotation.

Guthrie was the Orioles Opening Day Starter from 2008-2009 and 2011, so he's no stranger to having a spotlight on him during a day that eventually becomes just one game on a 162-game schedule. Guthrie isn't a huge strikeout guy (5.52/9 career) and his fly ball tendencies (roughly 60 percent) aren't exactly screamers for success at Coors Field, but his career BABIP stands at .273 and his ability to pitch 200-plus innings play in his favor.

Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 19.

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Colorado Rockies Spring Training TV Schedule 2012 Announced

The Colorado Rockies return to ROOT Sports on Saturday, March 17, the network announced on Friday. The Rockies will host the Los Angeles Dodgers at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for a 2:00 p.m. MT contest. It will be the first of six games aired on ROOT during Spring Training. The other games will be against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Cincinnati Reds and the Seattle Mariners.

Also returning on March 17 will be Rockies All Access with a show about the 2012 Rockies commercials.

Date Opponent Time (MT)
Sat., March 17 Dodgers 2 p.m.
Sun., March 18 at Mariners 2 p.m.
Sun., March 25 Reds 2 p.m.
Tue., March 27 at Diamondbacks 2 p.m.
Mon., April 2 at Mariners 2 p.m.
Tue., April 3 Mariners 2 p.m.

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Matt Belisle, Rockies Agree To An Extension Through 2013 With Option For 2014

One year ago, the Colorado Rockies signed reliever Matt Belisle to a two-year contract worth $6.125 million. On Friday, the club announced that it reached a new contract with Belisle that will go through 2013 and include a mutual option for 2014.

Belisle was set to make $3.775 million in 2012 under the terms of his old deal, but no financials have come out on this new one. Danny Knobler reports the extra two years could be worth $4.3 million all together.

Belisle picked up 10 wins for the Rockies last season with a 3.25 ERA and a 138 ERA+ in 72 innings pitched during the 2011 season. They were a bit down from his 2010 season when he had a 158 ERA+ over 92 innings. His strikeouts were also down from 91 to 58.

Belisle will continue to be a key member of the Rockies' bullpen as long as Jim Tracy doesn't need to overuse him.

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Rockies Spring Training 2012: Nolan Arenado Highlights Non-Roster Invitees

The Colorado Rockies have announced the team's non-roster invitees to Spring Training 2012 at Salt River Fields at Talk Stick, and 20-year-old third baseman Nolan Arenado enters camp with a legitimate shot to break camp for the start of the regular season. Who else will be joining him? Let's break down the entire list:

At catcher, we have Wilkin Castillo, Lars Davis, Matt McBride and Wil Nieves. Castillo was signed during the offseason; Davis was a third round draft pick by the Rockies in 2007 and has played at Double-A Tulsa for the last two years; McBride was acquired in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade and had previously played first base and the outfield. Nieves is an option to be Ramon Hernandez's backup should Wilin Rosario fail to make the Opening Day roster.

In the infield beside Nolan Arenado, Brendan Harris, Brandon Wood and Jim Tracy's son, Chad Tracy, are going to be in big league camp. Ben Paulsen will make his second appearance at big league camp and he could potentially be a replacement for Todd Helton is a couple of years.

Tim Wheeler leads the outfielders after hitting 33 home runs for the Tulsa Drillers last season. He is heading toward Triple-A Colorado Springs this season. Kent Matthes will be in camp after winning the Cal League MVP in 2011 with a .334/.378/.642 batting line for the season. He hit 23 home runs. The Rockies picked up Andrew Brown off waivers in October.

The list of pitchers is long: Chad Bettis, Stephen Dodson, Mike Ekstrom, Joe Gardner, Dustin Molleken, Jamie Moyer, Rob Scahill, Josh Sullivan and Carlos Torres. Moyer has the best chance to break camp in the rotation, but Chad Bettis is the best pitcher in that group to have a long-term future with the Rockies. Bettis struck out 184 batters in 169.2 innings with the Modesto Nuts in 2011. He sits in the mid-90s and can reach 98 mph on the gun. His slider reaches the upp-80s, but he needs to work on his curveball.

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2012 MLB Top Prospects: Drew Pomeranz Ranked No. 5 Lefty By MLB.com

MLB.com's resident prospect guru, Jonathon Mayo, has ranked the top 10 left-handed pitching prospects in the MLB going into 2012. Ranked No. 5 among them is the tall lefty in the Colorado Rockies system Drew Pomeranz:

According to Mayo, Pomeranz features three capable pitches and should eventually find his way into the Colorado Rockies rotation, maybe as soon as 2012:

If the former Ole Miss southpaw commands the ball the way he did in the big leagues late last year -- that had been an issue for him in the past -- he'll be just fine, and he should get a long look for a rotation spot this spring.

The Rockies called up Pomeranz for his major league debut in September 2011, giving him four starts through the end of the season. Despite a magnificent 2.59 FIP (to go with his 16.9% K-rate and 6.5% BB-rate), bad luck left the impressive Pomeranz with a 5.40 ERA.

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