The Rockies hold an option on 34-year old righty reliever Rafael Betancourt worth $5.4 million bucks for the 2010 season. The question is: Will they exercise it? He pitched very well after coming over in a trade with the Indians as he pitched in 32 games (0 starts) for the Rockies and he was 3-1 with 1 save, a 1.78 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. Overall in 2009, Betancourt pitched in 61 games (0 starts) for the Indians & Rockies in which he was 4-3 with 2 saves, a 2.73 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Betancourt has now pitched in 403 games (0 starts) in his major league career and he is 26-23 with 18 saves, a 3.16 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. I think the Rockies should pick up Betancourt’s option so that he can set up Huston Street in 2010 giving the Rockies’ a very formidable 8th and 9th inning tandem late in ball games.
UPDATE: The Rockies have declined Rafael Betancourt’s option for the 2010 season.