ESPN.com has an AP story on a trio of arbitration avoiding deals the Rockies worked out with Jorge de la Rosa, Clint Barmes and Taylor Buchholz. The Rockies still have three players (Huston Street, Jason Hammel and Ryan Spilborghs) eligible for arbitration with today's filing deadline looming.
De la Rosa enjoyed a breakout season with the Rockies in 2009, winning 16 of his 32 starts and posting the lowest ERA (4.38) of his career. He also pitched significantly more innings than he ever had previously but showed few signs of fatigue down the stretch. The lefty's one-year contract calls for a base salary of $5.6 million, with incentives worth up to $300,000.
Barmes managed to stay in the lineup for the entire posting reasonable numbers at the plate in 2009. His batting line of .245/.294/.440 showed his power remains intact, but his lower batting average dropped his on-base percentage back below .300. His one-year deal will pay him a base salary of $3.225 million.
Buchholz missed the entirety of 2009 recovering from elbow surgery. The Rockies hope he can return to the form he showed during excellent 2008 season when he went 6-6 out of the pen with a 2.17 ERA with outstanding peripheral stats. He will get $1.055 million in 2010.
The signings reduce the number of arbitration eligible players to 133. The arbitration filing deadline is today. Please visit the salary arbitration page for more information
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