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Colorado Rockies Roster Report 2008-12-28


Colorado Rockies Roster Report 2008-12-28
The Rockies' offseason began with a bang when they dealt Matt Holliday to the A's for LHP Greg Smith, RHP Huston Street and OF Carlos Gonzalez. The team also could make changes in center field and at second base, and it has options in house, but that thinking could be adjusted if a speed guy could be added.

BIGGEST NEEDS: The rotation was an early-season mess in 2008. The Rockies counted on a pitcher on the rebound, which worked in the past but didn't work this time. As a result, they want to go into 2009 more assured of what they have. They feel comfortable with four potential starters -- RHP Aaron Cook, LHP Jeff Francis, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez and LHP Jorge De La Rosa -- and LHP Greg Smith could be in the mix, too. They are hopeful that eventually RHP Jason Hirsh, RHP Greg Reynolds and LHP Franklin Morales will be ready, but when they might be ready in 2009 is uncertain, so they would rather have a surplus than go through the problems of early 2008.

ARRIVALS: RHP Huston Street (trade with A's), LHP Greg Smith (trade with A's), OF Carlos Gonzalez (trade with A's), LHP Alan Embree (free agent from A's).

DEPARTURES: LF Matt Holliday (traded to A's), CF Willy Taveras (non-tendered, signed with Reds).

FREE AGENTS: LHP Brian Fuentes, OF Scott Podsednik, RHP Livan Hernandez, C Adam Melhuse, RHP Matt Herges.

The Rockies are expecting Fuentes to get an offer to go elsewhere that they won't match, and so they will accept two draft picks as compensation. The Rockies are expected to attempt to re-sign Podsednik as a backup but with the plan of getting him more playing time, which is feasible now that Taveras has been non-tendered. Podsednik missed 23 games with a fractured left pinkie and ended up with a mere 162 at-bats in 91 games. Herges' option was declined.

ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE: 3B Garrett Atkins, LHP Jorge De La Rosa, RHP Jason Grilli, RHP Taylor Buchholz, 2B Clint Barmes, RHP Huston Street.

Atkins and Street figure to land nice raises in arbitration.

IN LIMBO: 3B Garrett Atkins could be the next young veteran to follow LF Matt Holliday out of town. Ian Stewart would take over permanently if Atkins is dealt.

MEDICAL WATCH:

1B Todd Helton had arthroscopic surgery Sept. 30 to repair a bulging disk in his lower back. He should be at full strength for spring training.

C Yorvit Torrealba was feeling strong at the end of the season after arthroscopic surgery in early September on his left knee. He was playing winter ball in his native Venezuela in December, and his knee was fine.

LHP Greg Smith underwent surgery Oct. 24 to remove loose bodies from his left elbow. He was expecting a two-month rehab.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 28, 2008

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