Needless to say the Rockies have been pretty quiet thus far during the 2009-2010 Hot Stove season. Other than avoiding arbitration with players from last year’s squad, letting a few others go and signing another catcher the Rockies have done zilch.
It appears they are waiting to see how the market settles and then looking to fill some gaps.
Or maybe they are looking to build up a surplus at a few positions and hope the rest of the league cannot find anyone to play those positions because the Rockies have all the players.
As I mentioned in this piece the Rockies have plenty of outfielders. And in this piece I first mention the possibility that the Rockies are looking to sign Paul Lo Duca, another catcher.
Well the Rockies have made it official with Lo Duca and for good measure they also signed Jay Payton, who, amazingly enough, plays in the outfield.
Both of these signings made a splash in the baseball universe that would rival the splash that was made in the GOP camp when Al Gore started touting off about global warming. In other words, no one cared.
In some more interesting rumors coming from ESPN and Jayson Stark; the Rockies were talking to the Florida Marlins about Dan Uggla. I am not sure why. Uggla does have a more impressive track record of power with the bat than current Rockies second basemen, Clint Barmes, but that is about the only advantage. If Rockies fans are led to believe that the Rockies signed Barmes to a two-year deal because of his defense, then signing Uggla would be the complete opposite. Uggla routinely ranks as one of the worst second basemen defensively in the league.
Some of the other rumors from Stark’s column is that the Rockies are supposedly looking at free agents Miguel Tejada, Orlando Hudson and Orlando Cabrera (no, they are not related). All three could serve as backups for various Rockies infield positions. Tejada is getting a bit old and cannot play shortstop too effectively any longer, but he would be a good backup for either Ian Stewart or Troy Tulowitzki. Cabrera probably will not sign with the Rockies because he is still worthy as a starter and I am sure a team will commit to him playing shortstop for them full time (I am guessing he stays in Minnesota after his run with them last season). Hudson is slowly regressing defensively but he is still better than most with the glove at second base. Hudson’s biggest knock has been his ability to stay healthy. He would be a great backup for the Rockies.
Lastly, the rumor about the Rockies signing Jason Giambi is still floating around. I see no reason for them to sign him. I think his late season run with them was a fluke. Putting him in the field is a liability and I just don’t think he can sustain a high level of performance with the bat off of the bench for a full season.
In any case, it is nice to see the Rockies putting their name out there a bit more in the free agent market. There is still plenty of time before Spring Training starts to fill some gaps. And as mentioned in this piece the Rockies need starting pitching and Noah Lowry is still available. If they are willing to take a chance on guys like Payton and Lo Duca they should sign Lowry ASAP.
More on the Rockies:
- Dan O’Dowd spends money wisely
- Five ways in which the Rockies can improve in 2010
Click the name for contract info:
- Rockies avoid arbitration with: De La Rosa, Barmes, Buchholz, Spilborghs, Street, Betancourt and Hammel
- The Rockies already have two catchers: Chris Iannetta and Miguel Olivo
- Former Rockies signings: Jason Marquis, Garrett Atkins, Matt Murton and Matt Holliday