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Jason Giambi will be back for the Colorado Rockies in 2012

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Sunday 30 October 2011 at 8:09 am

The Rockies and 40-year old lefty swinging 1B Jason Giambi have agreed to pick up his mutual option for 2012, valued at $1 million bucks. Giambi played in 64 games for the Rockies last year and he was 34 for 131 (.260 avg, .958 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 13 homers and 32 RBIs. Giambi has now played in 170 games in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 84 for 331 (.254 avg, .868 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 21 homers, 78 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Giambi has been a lethal bat off the bench for the Rockies in his time in Denver, so they were very smart to bring him back for another year.

The Colorado Rockies have five free agents heading into this winter

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 19 October 2011 at 7:57 am

The Colorado Rockies have five free agents after the World Series is over. Here is who I see staying and leaving out of this bunch:

Mark Ellis: 34-year old righty swinging 2B Mark Ellis played in 70 games for the Rockies last year and he was 72 for 263 (.274 avg, .708 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 6 homers, 25 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He played in 132 games overall for the A’s & Rockies last year and he was 119 of 480 (.248 avg, .634 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 7 homers, 41 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. PREDICTION: STAYING

Jason Giambi: 40-year old lefty swinging 1B Jason Giambi played in 64 games for the Rockies last year and he was 34 for 131 (.260 avg, .958 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 13 homers and 32 RBIs. Giambi and the Rockies have a mutual option worth $1 million bucks for 2012 with a $150,000 buyout. PREDICTION: STAYING

Aaron Cook: 32-year old righty starting pitcher Aaron Cook pitched in 18 games (17 starts) for the Rockies in 2011 and he was 3-10 with a 6.03 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP. The Rockies and Cook have a $11 million dollar mutual option for 2012, but he is going to get the $500,000 buyout instead. PREDICTION: LEAVING

Kevin Millwood: 36-year old righty starting pitcher Kevin Millwood pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the Rockies in 2011 and he was 4-3 with a 3.98 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. PREDICTION: LEAVING

J.C. Romero: 35-year old lefty reliever J.C. Romero pitched in 12 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. Romero pitched in 36 games (0 starts) overall for the Rockies & Phillies and he was 1-0 with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. PREDICTION: LEAVING

The Colorado Rockies claim Andrew Brown off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 13 October 2011 at 7:40 am

The Rockies have claimed 27-year old righty swinging outfielder Andrew Brown off waivers from the Cardinals. Brown played in 11 games in his first taste of the majors this year for the Cardinals, and he was 4 for 22 (.182 avg, .409 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs. Brown also played in 107 games in AAA-ball this year and he was 102 of 359 (.284 avg, .883 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 20 homers, 73 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Brown will get to compete for a job on the Rockies’ bench for 2012 in spring training.

Jim Miller elects to leave the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 11 October 2011 at 7:19 pm

29-year old righty reliever Jim Miller has elected to become a minor league free agent. He pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Rockies in 2011 and he was 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Miller also pitched in 65 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 8-5 with 24 saves, a 5.25 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. The Rockies won’t miss Miller going forward.

The Colorado Rockies are likely glad that the 2011 season is over

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Season Reviews by chinmusic on Tuesday 11 October 2011 at 7:17 pm

Everything that could go wrong, did for the Rockies in 2011. Injuries and ineffectiveness gave them a double whammy this year. The Rockies finished in 4th place in the N.L. West with a 73-89 record, 21 games behind the Diamondbacks. Here is a look at some things that stood out to me in 2011:

TEAM MVP: 27-year old righty swinging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki proved once again in 2011 that he’s the best player on the Rockies. Tulowitzki played in 143 games for the Rockies in 2011 and he was 162 for 537 (.302 avg, .916 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 30 homers, 105 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.

BEST PITCHER: 23-year old righty starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin has stepped into the ace role for the Rockies. He pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 11-14 with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. He only gave up 168 hits in his 194 innings pitched last year while whiffing 150 batters. But, Chacin did walk 84 batters, so he still has stuff to work on.

PLEASANT SURPRISE: Many “experts” thought that 38-year old lefty swinging 1B Todd Helton was done. But, he returned to being a very solid hitter for the Rockies in 2011, before his year was cut short due to injury. Helton played in 124 games for the Rockies last year and he was 127 for 421 (.302 avg, .850 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 14 homers and 69 RBIs.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: The Rockies were expecting big things out of 26-year old lefty swinging 3B Ian Stewart in 2011. Stewart played in only 48 games for the Rockies in 2011 and he was 19 for 122 (.156 avg, .464 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 0 homers, 6 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He spent most of the season in AAA.

The Colorado Rockies outright Kevin Kouzmanoff to the minors

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 5 October 2011 at 8:53 am

30-year old righty swinging 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff will become a free agent as soon as he clears waivers. Kouzmanoff played in 27 games for the Rockies this year and he was 25 for 98 (.255 avg, .713 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 3 homers and 16 RBIs. He has now played in 672 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 633 for 2,478 (.255 avg, .720 OPS) with 265 runs scored, 85 homers, 361 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. The Rockies won’t look to bring back Kouzmanoff in 2012, even if he offers to come back cheap.

The Colorado Rockies send Eliezer Mesa to the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 1 October 2011 at 7:47 am

The Rockies have sent 22-year old righty swinging CF Eliezer Mesa to the A’s to complete the deal for Mark Ellis. Mesa played in 53 games in A-ball last year for the Rockies and he was 42 for 164 (.256 avg, .631 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 0 homers, 13 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Mark Ellis played in 70 games for the Rockies after coming over from the A’s and he was 72 for 263 (.274 avg, .708 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 6 homers, 25 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He played in 132 games overall last year with the A’s & Rockies and he was 119 for 480 (.248 avg, .634 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 7 homers, 41 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. I still like this deal for the Rockies as Mesa wasn’t considered one of their better prospects.

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