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The Colorado Rockies sign 1B/OF Xavier Nady

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 30 June 2013 at 4:28 pm

The Rockies have signed 34-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Xavier Nady.  Nady played in 70 games in AAA-ball for the Royals this year and he was 79 for 255 (.310 avg, .868 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 11 homers, 43 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He last played in the majors in 2012 with the Padres and Nationals.  Nady has played in 939 games in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 792 of 2,932 (.270 avg, .756 OPS) with 361 runs scored, 101 homers, 406 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.  Nady will start his career with the Rockies in AAA-ball.

The Colorado Rockies sign Miguel Batista

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 28 June 2013 at 7:24 am

The Rockies have signed 42-year old righty reliever/starter Miguel Batista to a minor league deal.  Batista pitched in 8 games (7 starts) earlier this year in AAA-ball for the Blue Jays and he was 1-2 with a 8.36 ERA and a 2.04 WHIP.  Batista last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the Mets and Braves.  He has pitched in 658 games (248 starts) in his first 18 years in the majors and he is 102-115 with 41 saves, a 4.48 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  Batista will start his time in AAA-ball for the Rockies.  If he has anything left in the gas tank, Batista could get a shot later this year for the Rockies.

The Colorado Rockies bring back Reid Brignac on a minor league deal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 June 2013 at 6:35 pm

The Rockies have signed 27-year old lefty swinging infielder Reid Brignac to a minor league deal and he will report to AAA.  Brignac played in 29 games earlier this year for the Rockies and he was 12 of 48 (.250 avg, .669 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs.  Brignac has played in 46 games overall this year for the Rockies and Yankees in which he is 17 for 92 (.185 avg, .480 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs.  Brignac has played in 302 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 169 for 763 (.221 avg, .573 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 11 homers, 73 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  If Brignac plays well in AAA, he will get another shot with the Rockies later this year.

Dan Winkler has been razor sharp in A-ball for the Colorado Rockies in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 June 2013 at 7:26 am

23-year old righty starting pitcher Dan Winkler has been razor sharp for the Rockies so far in 2013.  Winkler has pitched in 15 games (all starts) for the Rockies in A-ball this year and he is 10-2 with a 1.99 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP.  Winkler has only given up 47 hits and 24 walks while whiffing 105 batters in his first 90 2/3 innings so far this year which is pretty darn impressive.  Winkler has now pitched in 52 games (all starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 25-15 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Winkler could get promoted in the very near future if he keeps pitching so well.

The Colorado Rockies likely will only make minor tinkering at the trade deadline

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, If I Were GM by joelapinski on Tuesday 25 June 2013 at 9:59 am

The Colorado Rockies are tied for second place in the N.L. West with the Padres with a 39-38 (50.6) record, which has them 3 games behind the Diamondbacks.  The Rockies don’t have a lot of needs, they just need some guys to step up.  Josh Rutledge has been pretty awful so far this year, so the Rockies could look into dealing for a SS like Brendan Ryan (great glove man) or Yuniesky Betancourt (better bat than mitt).  Both Ryan and Betancourt are the kind of guys that would slide into backup roles when Troy Tulowitzki returns to action.  That being said, it would probably be smart of the Rockies to see what they have in Rutledge.  The Rockies could look to make a minor deal for a righty reliever like Joba Chamberlain (Yankees), Louis Coleman (Royals), Greg Burke (Mets) and Burke Badenhop (Brewers) before the trade deadline.  If the Rockies want to go big, they could try to make an improvement at 1B with Paul Konerko or Justin Morneau being the main targets.

The Colorado Rockies release Brett Jacobson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 24 June 2013 at 10:23 am

The Rockies have released 26-year old righty reliever Brett Jacobson.  Jacobson pitched in 10 games (1 start) in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he was 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.53 WHIP.  Jacobson gave up 17 hits and he walked an amazingly awful 26 batters while whiffing 10 of them in 17 innings this year!  Jacobson has now pitched in 175 games (19 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 18-18 with 12 saves, a 4.39 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  This is no loss moving forward for the Rockies.

The Colorado Rockies acquire Hisanori Takahashi from the Cubs

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Saturday 22 June 2013 at 2:04 pm

The Rockies have acquired 38-year old lefty reliever Hisanori Takahashi from the Cubs for a player to be named later.  He pitched in 3 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Cubs and he was 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  He also pitched in 20 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.  Takahashi has now pitched in 168 games (12 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 14-12 with 10 saves, a 3.99 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  I don’t think he will be in AAA-ball long for the Rockies if he looks good.

Todd Helton is hitting well so far in June for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 22 June 2013 at 2:00 pm

39-year old lefty swinging 1B Todd Helton is showing signs of life with the bat so far in June.  He has played in 16 games so far in June for the Rockies and he is 17 for 58 (.293 avg, .753 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBIs.  Helton has now played in 51 games overall this year for the Rockies and he is 39 for 155 (.252 avg, .703 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 6 homers and 26 RBIs.  Helton is proving that he has a little bit left in the gas tank and that’s a good thing for the Rockies.

The Colorado Rockies DFA Logan Kensing

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 21 June 2013 at 3:56 pm

The Rockies have designated 30-year old righty reliever Logan Kensing for assignment.  Kensing pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he was 0-1 with 7 saves, a 2.57 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  He also pitched in 1 game out of the pen for the Rockies this year, working 2/3 of an inning without giving up any hits or runs while walking 1 batter and whiffing 1.  Kensing has now pitched in 135 games (3 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 8-9 with 2 saves, a 5.79 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP.  The Rockies won’t sweat over losing Kensing if he is claimed on waivers.

UPDATE:  (6/25/2013) - The Rockies outright Kensing to AAA.

The Colorado Rockies DFA Chris Volstad

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Thursday 20 June 2013 at 5:55 pm

The Rockies have designated 26-year old righty starter/reliever Chris Volstad for assignment.  Volstad pitched in 10 games (9 starts) in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he was 4-1 with a 4.79 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.  He also pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Rockies earlier this year and he was 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA and a 2.40 WHIP.  Volstad has now pitched in 130 games (123 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 35-51 with a 4.94 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  This won’t be much of a loss for the Rockies.  They needed Volstad’s roster spot for Roy Oswalt, who is starting tonight for the Rockies.

UPDATE:  (6/23/2013) - The Rockies have outrighted Chris Volstad to AAA.

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