The Rockies have 8 free agents heading into this winter so they will have some hard decisions to make. Here is how I see those decisions going down:
Miguel Olivo: 32-year old righty swinging catcher Miguel Olivo played in 112 games for the Rockies last season and he was 106 of 394 (.269 avg, .765 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 14 homers, 58 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. The Rockies hold a $2.7 million dollar option on Olivo with a $500K buyout. VERDICT: The Rockies have actually been getting trade offers for Olivo. I have a feeling that they might pick up his option and then deal him. They have been reported to have a big time interest in switch hitting Victor Martinez.
Jason Giambi: 39-year old lefty swinging 1B Jason Giambi played in 87 games for the Rockies last season and he was 43 of 176 (.244 avg, .776 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 6 homers, 35 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. VERDICT: I see the Rockies letting Giambi go as they are on the hunt for a righty swinging 1B to share time with Todd Helton next year.
Melvin Mora: 38-year old righty swinging 3B Melvin Mora played in 113 games for the Rockies last season and he was 90 for 316 (.285 avg, .779 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 7 homers, 45 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. VERDICT: If the Rockies can get Mora back on a decent deal I think they will make it happen.
Jay Payton: 37-year old righty swinging outfielder Jay Payton played in 20 games for the Rockies last season and he was 12 of 35 (.343 avg, .875 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. VERDICT: The Rockies might invite Payton to spring training but I think that’s the best they can do for him.
Jorge de la Rosa: 29-year old lefty starting pitcher Jorge de la Rosa pitched in 20 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 8-7 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. VERDICT: The Rockies want de la Rosa back but they have to be careful not overpay for him.
Jeff Francis: 29-year old lefty starting pitcher Jeff Francis pitched in 20 games (19 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 4-6 with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. VERDICT: The Rockies turned down Francis’ club option worth $7 million big ones. They would likely want to bring him back on a deal with a small base salary with a lot of incentives.
Joe Beimel: 33-year old lefty reliever Joe Beimel pitched in 71 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 1-2 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. VERDICT: The Rockies probably want to bring back Beimel back but he won’t come cheap as he is one of the better free agent lefty relievers on the market.
Octavio Dotel: 36-year old righty reliever Octavio Dotel pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP. Dotel pitched in 68 games (0 starts) with the Dodgers, Pirates & Rockies last season and he was 3-4 with 22 saves, a 4.08 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. The Rockies have a $4.5 million dollar option on Dotel for 2011 with a $500K buyout. VERDICT: Dotel will get paid the $500K by the Rockies and they won’t pursue him.