The Colorado Rockies DFA Chris Nelson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Sunday 28 April 2013 at 12:20 pm

The Rockies have designated 27-year old righty swinging 3B Chris Nelson for assignment.  Nelson played in 21 games for the Rockies this year and he was 16 for 66 (.242 avg, .600 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and an amazingly bad 19 strikeouts.  Nelson played in 212 games in his four years with the Rockies and he was 172 of 616 (.279 avg, .738 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 13 homers, 73 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  The Rockies will likely try to deal Nelson, as there is no way I see him getting through waivers.  This was a surprising move to me as Nelson has played well for the Rockies in the past.

UPDATE:  (5/2/2013) – The Rockies have dealt Chris Nelson to the New York Yankees for either a player to be named later or cash.

UPDATE II:  (9/11/2013) – The Rockies have received 22-year old lefty reliever Yoely Bello from the Yankees to complete this deal.  Bello pitched in 16 games (0 starts) in Rookie ball for the Yankees this year and he was 0-2 with 1 save, a 6.29 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.  Bello has pitched in 61 games (1 start) in his first four years in the minors and he is 6-6 with 3 saves, a 3.98 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.

The Colorado Rockies call up Tyler Chatwood

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 24 April 2013 at 1:29 pm

The Rockies have called up 23-year old righty starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to replace the injured Jhoulys Chacin in the rotation.  Chatwood pitched in 3 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he was 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  Chatwood pitched in 19 games (12 starts) for the Rockies last year, his first year with the team, and he was 5-6 with 1 save, a 5.43 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.  The Rockies need Chatwood to pitch better this time around.

The Colorado Rockies DFA Will Harris

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 30 March 2013 at 8:49 am

The Rockies have designated 28-year old righty reliever Will Harris.  Harris pitched in 20 games (0 starts) in his first taste of the majors in 2012 for the Rockies and he was 1-1 with a 8.15 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP.  Harris also pitched in 44 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 4-1 with 1 save, a 2.08 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Rockies as Harris got beat up in his first taste of the show in 2012.

UPDATE:  (4/4/2013) – The Rockies have lost Will Harris to the A’s off waivers.

The Colorado Rockies DFA Ramon Hernandez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Friday 29 March 2013 at 7:07 am

The Rockies have designated 36-year old righty swinging catcher Ramon Hernandez for assignment as he was beaten out for the backup catcher job by Yorvit Torrealba.  Hernandez played in 52 games for the Rockies last year and he was 40 for 184 (.217 avg, .601 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 5 homers and 28 RBIs.  He has now played in 1,509 games in his first 14 years in the majors and he is 1,335 of 5,057 (.264 avg, .744 OPS) with 576 runs scored, 166 homers, 751 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  The Rockies won’t miss Hernandez too much moving forward.

UPDATE:  (4/6/2013) – The Rockies have sent Ramon Hernandez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 34-year old righty starting pitcher Aaron Harang and cash considerations.  Harang pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 10-10 with a 3.61 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  This was an outstanding deal for the Rockies as Harang will give their starting rotation a nice boost in 2013.

UPDATE II:  (4/7/2013) – The Rockies have designated Aaron Harang for assignment.  They planned on flipping him in a trade before they acquired him, which makes perfect sense as the Rockies can get more for Aaron Harang than they would have gotten in return for Ramon Hernandez.

UPDATE III:  (4/11/2013) – The Rockies have dealt Aaron Harang to the Seattle Mariners for 26-year old righty reliever/starter Steven Hensley.  Hensley pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Mariners in AAA-ball in 2013 and he was 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 123 games (72 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 30-30 with 2 saves, a 4.48 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

The Colorado Rockies sign Aaron Cook

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 29 March 2013 at 6:40 am

The Rockies have signed 34-year old righty starting pitcher Aaron Cook to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Red Sox last year and he was 4-11 with a 5.65 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  Last season was the first year of Cook’s major league career that he didn’t pitch for the Rockies.  Cook has pitched in 238 games (206 starts) in his first 10 years with the Rockies and he is 72-68 with a 4.53 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  Cook is the Rockies’ all-time leader in games started (206), wins (72) and innings pitched (1,312 1/3).  He is also # in ERA (4.53), #7 in WHIP (1.47), #5 in strikeouts (558), #2 in complete games (11) and tied for #3 in shutouts (2) in Rockies’ history.  With the state of the Rockies’ rotation right now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cook pitch a lot for them in 2013.

The Rangers have returned Coty Woods to the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 March 2013 at 4:48 pm

The Rangers have returned 25-year old righty reliever Coty Woods to the Rockies.  The Rangers selected Woods in the Rule 5 Draft over the winter.  Woods pitched in 61 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 4-4 with 27 saves, a 3.20 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  Woods has pitched in 151 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the minors for the Rockies and he is 12-10 with 34 saves, a 2.81 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  The Rockies are probably pretty glad to get Woods back as he could make his major league debut for them at some point in 2013.

The Colorado Rockies sign Jon Garland

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 24 March 2013 at 4:05 pm

The Rockies have signed 33-year old righty starting pitcher Jon Garland to a 1-year deal worth $500,000 bucks with another possible $2 million bucks that he can earn in incentives.  He will be a part of the Rockies’ starting rotation when the 2013 season opens.  He pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Mariners in spring training and he was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  He last pitched in the majors back in 2011 with the Dodgers.  Garland has now pitched in 353 games (330 starts) in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 132-119 with 1 save, a 4.32 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  If Garland is healthy, he will give the Rockies’ starting rotation a nice boost.

The Colorado Rockies sign Giancarlo Alvarado

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 March 2013 at 5:23 pm

The Rockies have signed 35-year old righty starter/reliever Giancarlo Alvarado to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 8 games (all starts) in Japan last year and he was 1-6 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 431 games (187 starts) in his first 17 years in the minors and he is 84-77 with 4 saves, a 3.70 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  It never hurts to give a guy like this a chance, but I doubt that he will help the Rockies at any point in 2013.

The Colorado Rockies sign Bobby Cassevah

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 3 March 2013 at 8:27 am

The Rockies have signed 27-year old righty reliever Bobby Cassevah to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA and a 2.20 WHIP.  He also pitched in 49 games (0 starts) in A+AAA-ball last year for the Angels and he was 4-1 with 11 saves, a 5.79 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.  Cassevah has now pitched in 50 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  He will have a good shot of winning a job in the Rockies’ bullpen this spring.

The Colorado Rockies have acquired Reid Brignac from the Rays

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 14 February 2013 at 4:38 pm

The Rockies have acquired 27-year old lefty swinging infielder Reid Brignac from the Tampa Bay Rays for either a player to be named later or cash considerations.  Brignac played in 16 games for the Rays last year and he was 2 for 21 (.095 avg, .232 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI.  He also played in 99 games in AAA-ball for the Rays last year and he was 80 for 346 (.231 avg, .676 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 8 homers, 46 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Brignac has now played in 256 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 152 of 671 (.227 avg, .586 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 10 homers, 67 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  This was a good pickup for the Rockies as a change of scenery could be just what the doctor ordered to revive Brignac’s career.

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