The Colorado Rockies re-sign three players

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 31 January 2009 at 1:41 pm

The Rockies have re-signed three players to minor league deals. 32-year old lefty swinging outfielder Scott Podsednik will make the team out of spring training. He played in 93 games for the Rockies last season and he was 41 for 162 (.253 avg, .655 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 1 homer, 15 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He has now played in 750 games in his major league career and he is 713 for 2,631 (.271 avg, .711 OPS) with 406 runs scored, 28 homers, 201 RBIs and 236 stolen bases. Podsednik gives the Rockies a weapon off of the bench and if anyone gets hurt in the outfield he can step right into the starting lineup and be a asset with his speed. 26-year old righty swinging Edwin Bellorin played in 3 games for the Rockies last season and he was 1 for 3 (.333 avg, .666 OPS). He has now played in 6 games in his major league career in which he is 1 for 5 (.200 avg, .400 OPS). Bellorin also played in 87 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 98 for 335 (.293 avg, .764 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 5 homers and 65 RBIs. 30-year old lefty reliever Cedrick Bowers has also rejoined the Rockies. He pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA and a 2.40 WHIP. Bowers also pitched in 35 games (2 starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 6-1 with 1 save, a 3.74 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Bowers has good stuff as he only allowed 50 hits and whiffed 74 batters last season in 65 minor league innings, but, he will need to clean up his control as he walked 43 batters last year. Walks turn into runs really quickly at Coors Field.

The Colorado Rockies sign Dan Ortmeier

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 31 January 2009 at 1:32 pm

The Rockies have signed 27-year old switch hitter Dan Ortmeier to a minor league deal. He played in 38 games for the Giants last season and he was 14 for 64 (.219 avg, .628 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 5 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 124 games in his major league career and he is 65 for 255 (.255 avg, .721 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 6 homers, 24 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. The Rockies have lost some outfield depth this off season so Ortmeier might have a decent shot of making the team out of spring training.

The Colorado Rockies sign Matt Belisle

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 31 January 2009 at 1:29 pm

The Rockies have signed 28-year old righty Matt Belisle to a minor league deal. Belisle pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Reds last season and he was 1-4 with a 7.28 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP. He has now pitched in 132 games (43 starts) in his major league career and he is 16-22 with 1 save, a 5.06 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. Belisle will be a longshot to win a spot in the starting rotation in 2009 for the Rockies but he could earn a long job in the bullpen and possibly make some spot starts for them if he makes the team.

The Colorado Rockies acquire Jason Marquis from the Cubs

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 8 January 2009 at 9:43 pm

The Rockies have acquired 30-year old righty starting pitcher Jason Marquis from the Cubs for 34-year old righty reliever Luis Vizcaino. Marquis pitched in 29 games (28 starts) for the Cubs last season and he was 11-9 with a 4.53 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. He has now pitched in 257 games (198 starts) in his major league career and he is 79-70 with 1 save, a 4.55 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Marquis will move right into the starting rotation for the Rockies which will likely be a good thing.

Luis Vizcaino pitched in 43 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 1-2 with a 5.28 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. In 528 games (0 starts) in his major league career, Vizcaino is 34-27 with 7 saves, a 4.34 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. The Rockies won’t miss Vizcaino too much in 2009 as he didn’t pitch too well for them last season.

The Colorado Rockies bring back infielder Luis Gonzalez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 3 January 2009 at 8:35 pm

The Rockies have signed 29-year old righty swinging infielder Luis Gonzalez to a minor league deal. He played in 32 games in Japan last year and he was 35 for 114 (.307 avg, .778 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 2 homers and 17 RBIs. Gonzalez was suspended last season in Japan for violating the league’s drug policy. Gonzalez has played in 291 games in his major league career and he is 248 for 875 (.283 avg, .748 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 23 homers and 98 RBIs. This was a good low risk/high reward signing for the Rockies as Gonzalez has played well for them in the past.

The Colorado Rockies sign Glendon Rusch

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 3 January 2009 at 8:31 pm

The Rockies have signed 34-year old lefty Glendon Rusch to a 1-year deal. Rusch pitched in 35 games (9 starts) with the Padres and Rockies in which he was 5-5 with a 5.16 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. He has now pitched in 331 games (220 starts) in his major league career and he is 65-99 with 4 saves, a 5.02 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Rusch has always been a very overrated pitcher and I don’t think he will change in 2009 for the Rockies. Don’t expect much out of him or you will be disappointed.

The Colorado Rockies sign Alan Embree

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 2 January 2009 at 5:40 pm

The Rockies have signed 38-year old lefty reliever Alan Embree to a 1-year contract with a option for 2010. Embree pitched in 70 games (0 starts) for the A’s last season and he was 2-5 with a 4.96 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. He has now pitched in 846 games (4 starts) in his major league career and he is 37-43 with 25 saves, a 4.55 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. This was a good move for the Rockies who needed a lefty out of the bullpen.

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