The Colorado Rockies announced another cut on Tuesday afternoon, breaking the news that 3B Casey Blake had failed to make the team:
#Rockies announce today that the club has unconditionally released third baseman Casey Blake.— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) March 27, 2012
Thomas Harding of MLB.com spoke with the Rockie's general manager, Dan O'Dowd about Blake, who was in competition for the 2012 starting third base job, and the GM had little else to say but compliments for the now-cut Blake:
#Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd: "Once we made the decision that Casey was not going to make our club, we wanted to do what was best for him.— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) March 27, 2012
Blake played for Los Angeles Dodgers from 2008 through 2011. He owns a career .264/.336/.442 slash and has earned about 23 wins above replacement in his 10 years as a starter. Blake would have been guaranteed $2 million had he made the Opening Day roster.
With Blake out of the third base scene, the Rockies appear to be down to 3B Chris Nelson and 3B Jordan Pacheco, who may even end up in a righty/lefty platoon.
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