There has been a little more life down at 20th & Blake, now that the turkey and stuffing has digested. The Rockies have had their busiest day of the offseason so far. Well busy in terms of being in the news today. Earlier in the day it was announced that former Rockies outfielder Larry Walker is on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. Will he make it in? The jury is still out on that, at least until January 5th. Walker played 10 seasons in a Rockies uniform, though there are those who would use that term “played” loosely in Walker’s final years here. Walker appeared in 1170 games as a Rockie and batted .334, with 258 homeruns, and 848 RBIs.
Then the Rockies had announced the signing of Matt Daley to a one year contract. The Rockies also signed two to minor league contracts in former Dodgers pitcher Eric Stults and former Cardinals catcher Matt Pagnozzi. Story here from Thomas Harding of mlb.com.
Then later the teams biggest news of the offseason so far, the signing of Troy Tulowitzki to an extension to the year 2010, shows the loyalty on both the part of the Rockies and of Tulowitzki. Press conference is Tuesday to announce the extension. And as of late this evening, it is being reported that it’s expected the Rockies will retain Jorge De La Rosa.
Well the Rockies have freed up the infield logjam a little in moving a fan favorite in Clint Barmes to the Astros for pitcher Felipe Paulino. DenverPost.com story here. Barmes suffered from a bit of a hitting slump last season which resulted in the increased playing time of Jonathan Herrera and Eric Young Jr at second base.
In all honesty the business side of baseball doesnt care much about fan favorites. And though Barmes is a hard-nosed, blue collar ballplayer with a great glove in the infield, the Rockies had little choice in moving him with the upside of Hererra and Young. That doesnt mean the Rox wont sign another veteran infielder to challenge the young guys, which I expect they will do during the offseason.
Felipe Paulino comes to the Rockies with a 6-21 win-loss record and an ERA of 5.83 over 3 seasons. Paulino appeared in a career high of 23 games in 2009, starting in 17 of those games, also a career high. He also recorded his career high in strikeouts in the ’09 season with 93, but also gave up 20 homeruns. If there is anything good to report, it would be that Paulino’s ERA has gone down each of his 3 seasons from 7.11 in 2008, to 6.27 in 2009, to 5.11 last season.
The Rockies yesterday relieved Manny Corpas of his duties with the organization, while eating almost 4 million in the process. The last I heard the Rockies dont have money to just throw around, yet they do it here without getting anything in return for Corpas. Not a trade offer at least? Maybe play him this season and hope to get something on your investment and if not, then release him during the season, but at least they would have gotten something. So I think we can safely say that Corpas could show up in Pittsburgh, now that Hurdle is the manager of the Pirates. Hurdle had a great amount of confidence in Corpas than Rockies fans probably ever did. I can’t say that I’m sorry to see Corpas go, but the Rockies not getting something in return and eating money on the contract wasn’t a smart move. Now if they want to just players go for nothing, then they could’ve started with catcher Chris Iannetta or pitcher Jeff Francis.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies want to retain Jorge De La Rosa, but for less than 4 years. Story here.
Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez both have had a better week than most. Wednesday both were awarded the first Gold Gloves of their careers and Thursday both received their first Silver Slugger awards.
EXTRA BASES – Should we really be surprised that the Yankees have an interest in Jorge De La Rosa? The Yankees have an interest in every player in the league to be honest. The N.Y. Daily News is reporting the Yanks interest, should things fall through with Cliff Lee. Story here.
A few of the Rockies minor league affiliates have done some rebranding over the past couple of years. Casper and Colorado Springs are the most recent. Well now you can add Asheville to that list. On Tuesday the Rockies Class A affiliate Asheville Tourists (old logo shown here) unveiled a newest rebranding efforts, that includes a new logo, team colors, and website. Click here.
The Post-Gazette out of Pittsburgh is reporting that Rockies former manager Clint Hurdle could soon be back in the manager’s seat after being fired by the Rockies in May of 2009. Story here. Hurdle who spent last season as the Rangers hitting coach, is one of two leading candidates for the Pirates opening for a manager after an interview last week.
But wait!.. Reports out of New York are that Hurdle has also interviewed for the vacant manager’s position with the Mets as of Wednesday. Story here.
A huge congratulations to Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez who today were awarded their first Gold Gloves of their careers. Denver Post story here. Tulo and Cargo both become the first Rockies players to win Gold Gloves since Todd Helton last won one in 2004. Helton leads all current Rockies with 3 Gold Gloves, while Larry Walker leads all-time Rockies with 5 Gold Gloves.