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  1. The Colorado Rockies announced last night the acquisition of 2B Cesar Hernandez from the Kansas City Royals in a move that meets a huge need for the team, a legitimate leadoff hitter with blazing speed. The Rockies have been trying hard since the start of the season to find a player that can be a catalyst at the top of the batting order and after failing to acquire Brett Gardner from the Cleveland Indians, they found their player in Hernandez. Also included in the trade was reliever Adam Reifer while the Rockies sent struggling starter Juan Nicasio and promising young SS Jose Iglesias to the Royals. To Rockies: To Royals: The trade talks actually were initiated by the Royals who were interested in acquiring Nicasio. Nicasio has done nothing but struggling this season and in spring training, never getting on track after a solid 2012 campaign. He was expected to be the #2 starter in the rotation but after a poor spring, he was dropped to the #4 slot. In 3 starts this season, Nicasio went just 14 total innings, give up 30 hits, 4 walks and 14 earned runs. After blowing a Rockies lead as part of the bullpen, the Rockies decided that Juan's days with the team were at an end and he was demoted to AAA. With Nicasio no longer in the Rockies plans, he was expendable and the team is excited for Nicasio to get a fresh start in a pitcher-friendly ballpark, Kaufmann Stadium. Colorado was hesitant to move Iglesias who started the season as the team's starting SS due to his fantastic defense and while the team didn't expect a whole lot this season from his bat, it is clear that Iglesias will be a contributor on the offensive side soon. He should allow the Royals to give SS prospect Billy Hamilton more time to mature in the minors and provide an upgrade at the position until Hamilton is major league ready. With this move, Adrian Cardenas will move to SS to open up 2B for Hernandez. The Rockies seized on the opportunity to meet a major need of the team in asking on the availability of Hernandez and to their surprise, the Royals decided that they could move one of the top hitters. Once they knew that Hernandez could be acquired, the talks moved along very smoothly and the Rockies find themselves with their much needed leadoff hitter. Hernandez and Reifer will travel to Arizona today to meet the team there for the start of a 4 game series against the Diamondbacks tomorrow after they finish up their 3 game series at home tonight against the Atlanta Braves. Both players will be immediately inserted into the lineup and make an immediate impact for the team. On the current season, Hernandez is hitting .303 with 1 home run, 5 runs batted in and 5 stolen bases. Those 5 stolen bases is 1 more than the entire Rockies team has at this point in the season which places them last in the NL in stolen bases. Hernandez will be let loose and expectations are that he can steal in the vicinity of 50-60 bases which should result in greater offensive production for the team. He is a switch hitter who is production from either side of the plate, currently hitting .304 against lefties and .302 against righties. Adam Reifer is a hard thrower in the 95-97 mile per hour range and currently has no record with a 2.61 earned run average in just over 10 innings of work, giving up 10 hits and 4 walks while striking out 18. He has a strong groundball percentage of 61% which should help him be successful in Coors Field. The Rockies continue to maintain a slim lead in the NL West and hope that the spark that has been missing at the top of the batting order will be there now that Cesar Hernandez is coming to Colorado. They feel that both Hernandez and Reifer are pieces that can make the team a legitimate contender after a disappointing season last season.
  2. The Rockies confirm this deal. The Rockies have not had a legitimate leadoff hitter with speed and have been looking for such a player. Hernandez fits that mold and should be a solid trendsetter for the Rockies offense. We are thrilled to have him come to Colorado. Reifer has the makeup of what the Rockies are looking for in the bullpen with a 61% GB% and should do a nice job in middle relief or setup roles. Nicasio has strong ratings and our scout loves him but he just hasn't translated that into being a dependable starter for the team. He was decent last season with an ERA below 5 but was just getting pounded this season. With the strength of the current starting rotation, Nicasio pitched his way out of Colorado. Iglesias was slated to be the starter this season because of his strong glove at SS but the bat just isn't there yet. I think he will soon provide a solid bat to go with his glove. Thanks Rhett for the smooth negotiations and I wish you the best of success with the new players and with your season. Dan
  3. The NL West is starting to look like last season early on with no team seeming to want to take control of the division and all teams hovering at or below the .500 mark. The Colorado Rockies started the week with the division lead and ended the week with the division lead, albeit smaller. The Rockies started this week at home starting with a 4 game set with the New York Mets and ended the week with division rival Arizona. They played under .500 ball losing 3 out of 4 to the Mets while taking 2 of 3 from the Diamondbacks to finish the week at 3-4. Not a good record at home where the team is expected to have an advantage. The series with the Mets started off strong with the Rockies backing a strong performance by SP Jair Jurrjens for a 7-1 win. Jurrjens pitched 7.2 innings giving up 8 hits and 1 walk with 11 strikeouts and 1 earned run. 1B Chris Marrero, LF Josh Willingham and 3B Nolan Arenando each hit home runs to lead the offense while Eric Young, Jr. and A.J. Ellis would lead the team with 3 hits a piece. Game 2 saw SP Juan Nicasio continue his struggles this season with the Rockies falling to the Mets, 4-3. Nicasio pitched 6.2 innings but gave up 11 hits and 2 walks along with 2 earned runs. The Mets managed 15 hits in the game but could only push 3 runs across while leaving 13 on base. Reliever Grant Balfour gave up the 3rd run and took the loss. On offense, CF Charlie Blackmon his his 2nd home run and Nicasio actually lead the team in hits with 2. While the loss of the game hurt, an even greater loss occurred with 1B Chris Marrero, easily to top Rockies hitter, went out with an injury and would be diagnosed with a sore throwing shoulder and found himself on the disabled list for the next five weeks, a huge blow to the Rockies. Game 3 saw the Rockies bullpen, which had been rated the top bullpen in the NL in ERA, blow up and end the week ranked 10th in the NL while the starters ERA would would improve from near the bottom of the NL to 2nd in ERA. Starter Carlos Zambrano gave up 3 runs in the first inning and the Rockies never recovered in the 8-3 Mets win. Zambrano would settle down but bullpen would give up 4 runs combined in the 8th and 9th innings taking away any chance of a Rockies comeback. In the final game of the series with the Rockies looking to split the series, starter Daniel Hudson pitched a strong 5 innings before being pulled based on a set pitch count and this would be costly to the Rockies as Hudson was mowing down the Mets to the tune of 4 hits, 0 walks and 9 strikeouts. Manager Jim Tracy was promptly asked why Hudson was and has been on a pitch count this season as he has been one of the best pitchers in the league so far and he simply walked away without answering the question. After the game, GM Stamey promptly ordered the coaching staff to remove any pitch counts from Hudson and let him continue his magic well into games. Reliever Matt Reynolds, one of the few lefties in the bullpen promptly came in and surrendered 4 runs as the Rockies went on to lose the home series with another 8-3 loss. On offense, C Wilin Rosario hit his 2nd home run while 3N Arenando hit his 3rd of the season. With the sting of losing the series with the Mets, the Rockies looked to get back on track against the division rival Diamondbacks. They would take 2 of the 3 games allowing them to remain in the lead in the NL West by a slim half game over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Game 1 was a shootout between the two teams as the pitching breakdowns were experienced by both teams. Starter Matt Purke would pitch a very ineffective outing going just 5.1 innings, giving up 11 hits, 3 walks and 4 earned runs. But the Rockies would pull out some Coors Field magic, scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth against Arizona closer JJ Putz to pull out the win, 8-7. The two teams would combined for 30 hits and 15 runs but the Rockies walk away with the victory to get back on the winning track. Game 2 would be just as dramatic but with the visitors walking away with a 6-5 victory. The bullpen, led by Juan Nicasio who had been demoted to the bullpen after being very ineffective as a starter, would allow the Diamondbacks back into the game after starter Jair Jurrjens went 5.1 innings, giving up just 1 run on 4 hits and 4 walks. The Rockies started off strong scoring 3 runs in the first inning and carried a 5-3 lead into the 8th inning when Arizona would score 3 runs to put the Rockies away in this one. The final game of the series and of the week saw something the Rockies have rarely experienced so far this season, a laugher in their favor. The Rockies chased Diamondback starter Brett Cecil after just 2 innings, scoring 6 runs in the first two innings in a game that was never in doubt. They would score another 5 runs against Rymer Cruz who replaced Cecil but gave up those runs on 3 hits and 4 walks. With Juan Nicasio being sent down to AAA, the Rockies called on Tyler Chatwood to help them win the home series and Chatwood was brilliant pitching 7 innings, giving just 4 hits and 1 walk as the Rockies took the finale, 12-0. Chatwood secured his place in the starting rotation as a replacement for Nicasio with his stellar performance. The Diamonds were one of the top offensive teams in the NL and Chatwood shut them down, giving up 3 of the 4 hits to 2B Jose Lopez. Pitcher of the Week: Tyler Chatwood, 7 IP, 4 Hits, 1 BB, 1-0 Hitter of the Week: 2B/SS Adrian Cardenas, 11 for 25 (BA .440), 2 RBIs Power Hitter of the Week: 3B Nolan Arenando, 3 HRs Team Stats after week 3: TEAM BATTING STATS & RANKINGS Batting Average .265 - tied for 8th in NL On-Base Percentage .327 - 10th in NL Slugging Percentage .430 - 6th in NL On-Base + Slugging .757 - 7th in NL Runs Scored 93 - 6th in NL Hits 174 - tied for 7th in NL Extra-Base Hits 59 - 4th in NL Home Runs 24 - 2nd in NL Bases-On-Balls 55 - 11th in NL Strikeouts 121 - 2nd in NL Stolen Bases 4 - 15th in NL TEAM PITCHING STATS & RANKINGS Earned Run Average 4.07 - 7th in NL Starters' ERA 3.76 - 2nd in NL Bullpen ERA 4.57 - 10th in NL Runs allowed 85 - tied for 9th in NL Hits allowed 181 - 11th in NL Opponents AVG .275 - 11th in NL BABIP .343 - 15th in NL Home Runs allowed 17 - tied for 8th in NL Bases-On-Balls 73 - tied for 14th in NL Strikeouts 164 - 3rd in NL The Colorado Rockies stay home for 3 more games in the homestand against the Atlanta Braves starting tonight. They will then travel to Arizona for a 4 game series to close out the week. The Rockies expect to send Carlos Zambrano, Daniel Hudson and Matt Purke to the mound against the Braves in what should be a strong test for the team as they try to keep their slight division lead. The Rockies would like to take at least two of the games to finish the homestand splitting the 10 games before heading out on the road.
  4. The Colorado Rockies, who have been on the road all but 3 games so far in the 2013 campaign found themselves on a 6 game road trip this past week. They traveled to San Francisco before finishing up the week in San Diego. They entered the week at 3-3 which was good for a tie for the lead in the NL West. There were major concerns about the starting pitching after week 1 with the longest outing of any starter lasting just 4 innings. Would going to more pitcher friendly parks help the starters pitch to expectations or were they deeper problems with the team's starting rotation that could spell doom over the course of the entire season? The Rockies got their answer as the team finished week two with a 4-2 record and they sit atop the NL West in a tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers with a record of 7-5. It was a strong road trip that saw the starting pitching improve dramatically and the bullpen continued their outstanding performances. The week started off in San Francisco. Game one saw the Giants ace, Tim Lincecum, give up just 2 hits in 5 innings before departing due to a rain delay in which the Giants shut out the Rockies 3-0. Starter Jair Jurrjens pitched well giving up just 3 hits and one walk over 4 innings before he departed. The bullpen surrendered the 3 runs that gave the Giants the win. Lefty Matt Purke lead the Rockies to a victory in game 2 pitching 8 innings, easily the longest outing of any Rockies starters this season, giving up just 4 hits, 2 of which were home runs and 1 walk as the Rockies won 4-3. Eric Young, Jr. lead the offense with two hits and a run batted in. The Giants would blow out the Rockies in game 3 to take the home series, winning 13-2. Starter Juan Nicasio still hasn't gotten on track this season as he lasted just 2.2 innings while giving up 5 earned runs on 7 hits and one walk. Jason Grilli followed up that poor performance with a poor outing of his own, giving up another 4 earned runs in just .2 innings. The Rockies left San Francisco at 4-5 and while they got two promising performances from their starters, a 1-2 start of the road trip was discouraging, especially against a division rival that won the division last season. Things would improve dramatically after a day off as the team traveled to San Diego for a 3 game series. The series would see the Rockies dominate the Padres with the pitching staff surrendering a grand total of 2 runs to the Padres while scoring 18 runs leading to a sweep and the teams first road series win. Game 1 was a 9-1 Rockies win with starter Carlos Zambrano throwing 8.1 innings of 8 hit ball while giving up just one walk and one earned run. LF Chris Marrero hit his 4th home run of the season while SS Jose Inglesias hit his first, a 3-run homer. Both 1B Casey Kotchman and 2B Adrian Cardenas lead the team with 3 hits a piece. Reliever Matt Belisle would pitch just .1 innings but it was good enough in relief of starter Daniel Hudson as the Rockies won game 2, 3-1. Hudson pitched well, giving up just 2 hits and 3 walks in 4.2 innings of work but threw a lot of pitches, 83, and was pulled too early to get the victory. Offensively, C A.J. Ellis hit a 2-run bomb which was all the Rockies needed. Closer Rafael Betancourt threw just 7 pitches to earn his 3 save of the season. The final game of the series saw starter Matt Purke get his second win of the week. Purke went 8 innings but struggled with his control, giving up 6 walks but only allowing 4 hits as the Rockies shut out the Padres, 6-0. C Wilin Rosario hit a 3 run home run to lead the offense. Offensive player of the week: C Wilin Rosario, .312 BA, 1 HR, 4 RBI Pitching player of the week: Matt Purke, 2 starts, 16 IP, 2-0, 1.69 ERA, 0.94 WHIP The Rockies return home for week 3 as they start a 10 game home stand beginning tonight with 4 games against the hot New York Mets, who come in sporting an 8-4 record and find themselves in 2nd place in the NL East. Jair Jurrjens will be on the mound tonight and hopes to keep the current 3 game winning streak going.
  5. In the still wild and wacky NL West, the Colorado Rockies find themselves atop the division along with 3 other teams after week 1 of the 2013 campaign. The Rockies finished the week with a 3-3 record, going 1-2 on the road in Milwaukee to open the season and 2-1 to win their first home series of the season against the San Diego Padres. Last season, while the Rockies finished last in the division, there was only 11 games that separated the division leader and division bottom-dweller. This season looks to be another close, hard-fought pennant chase. The efforts that stick out after week 1 are those of the Rockies bullpen and the offense. The starting rotation ERA for the week was 7.82 as only #1 starter Daniel Hudson managed to have a quality start last night against the Padres, throwing 6.1 innings of 3 hit, 3 walk, 0 runs ball. Before that stellar start, the starter ERA was 11.58 and the Rockies management team were scratching their heads trying to determine what happened after the starters posted a solid spring. To the surprise of the team, the bullpen kept the Rockies in all but one game even with the poor starts and finished the week with an outstanding 0.98 ERA, good enough for second best in all of Major League Baseball. The overall team ERA is 4.25 and the expectation is that the there will ultimately be more of a balance between the starters and bullpen. But the bullpen was definitely the major reason the Rockies finished the week at the .500 mark. The offense was stellar this past week as the team has hit a league-leading 11 home runs and .478 slugging percentage. OF Charlie Blackmon finished the week hitting .391 along with one home run and 3 runs batted in. 1B Chris Marrero came off the disabled list in time for opening day and had an immediate impact for the team finishing the week hitting .385 with 3 home runs and 5 runs batted in. His 3 home runs are tied with OF Tyler Colvin who managed to also drive in 5 runs batted in while hitting .294. One of Colvin's home runs was of the pinch hit variety. LF Josh Willingham also chipped in 2 home runs and 4 runs batted in while hitting .312. On the transaction front, the Rockies waived catcher Ramon Hernandez and have decided to go with the duo of A.J. Ellis and Wilin Rosario behind the plate. The Rockies hope that Hudson's start will kick start the rest of the starting rotation that is clearly better than what was displayed in week 1. Colorado will leave home cooking the entire week 2 with 3 game road series against division foes San Francisco and San Diego. This will be a critical week for the team and the hopes are the Rockies are still fighting for the early division lead at the end of the week. The Rockies will send Jair Jurrjens, Matt Purke and Juan Nicasio against the Giants and Carlos Zambrano, Daniel Hudson and Jair Jurrjens against the Padres.
  6. With their 1st round amateur draft selection in the 2013 amateur draft, the Colorado Rockies selected University of Virginia outfielder, Jose Ramirez with the number 5 overall selection. The Rockies had targeted pitching with that selection but the two top starters that they had on their draft board were taken prior to their selection so they selected Ramirez. The scouting report on Ramirez is of a player with a sky high ceiling who projects to be an elite power hitter. He is average defensively but does play well in all outfield positions as well as first base. He is a middle of the lineup type of hitter who hit 18 home runs in 204 at bats with a .358 batting average and 35 stolen bases his senior year at Virginia. "Jose is the type of player we want in our organization," GM Stamey said. "He not only leads with his play but he is a clubhouse leader and good influence on players. Character as well as playing abilities are important points of evaluation for us and Ramirez fits the mold. What is impressive about the young man is his statistics that he accumulated playing in a strong conference, the ACC. He played against great competition and we look forward to him making a quick rise through the organization and bringing both his character and playing abilities to the big league club in short order." Last season, the Rockies drafted SP Orlando Garcia, currently considered the #3 top prospect in all of MLB-Pro.
  7. The off-season signing of Jair Jurrjens to over $14.5M a year after an average 2012 season caught many by surprise as many pundits believed he was not even worth half that amount. It caused a buzz throughout MLB-Pro and the Rocky Mountain region. Expectations were high that Jurrjens would strengthen the Rockies rotation, perhaps even become the ace of the staff. While it is only one game, last night's performance will only fuel the questions as to why the Rockies committed so much on the young pitcher. Jurrjens gave up three hits, two of which were a 3-run home run and a solo home run in the first inning alone to stake the Brewers to a 4-0 lead, a lead they would hold on to in a 4-3 victory. Jurrjens lasted just one more inning before being pulled for the night. In the short stint, he walked 2 and threw 53 pitches. The Rockies made it a game though with another stellar performance by the bullpen. Four relievers pitched 6 innings giving up just 5 hits, 3 walks and 0 runs while the offense slowly chipped away at the lead only to fall one run short after Tyler Colvin hit his 2nd home run in as many nights to close the gap to 4-3 in the top of the 9th inning. Milwaukee closer, John Axford, managed to shut down the Rockies bats after giving up the Colvin home run to earn his first save of the season after blowing the save the previous night. Chris Marrero hit his first home run of the season and is currently hitting .444. OF Charlie Blackmon remained hot going 3 for 4 for a batting average of .556 on the season. The deciding game of the series will be tonight and the key player in the Troy Tulowitzki trade to Minnesota, LHP Matt Purke will take the mound. He is the top pitching prospect in the organization and after two poor performances by Rockies starting pitchers, Purke will be looking to get the team off to a strong start with him arm.
  8. Those outside the Colorado Rockies organization have low expectations for them this season with some pundits predicting they will win fewer games than last seasons 69 wins. But those inside the organization have cautious optimism that with the many moves made in the offseason after hiring a new GM, the team can improve on last season and with a positive bounce here and there, compete for the National League West title. The 2013 season started out on a good note for the Rockies as the bullpen pitched well after replacing their ineffective ace SP Daniel Hudson, who gave up 4 runs, 3 earned on 7 hits and 2 walks in just 4 innings pitched and the offense chipped away at an early Brewers lead to win their opening day matchup 6-4 in 10 innings. There were several heroes in the game for the Rockies. Waiver wire acquisitions made instant impacts as middle reliever Jason Grilli, just acquired off waivers the day before the season started relieved Hudson, pitching two strong innings to start the strong efforts by the rest of the Rockies bullpen. Catcher AJ Ellis made his impact, delivering a game-tying single in the top of the 9th to send the game into extra innings. Tyler Colvin hit the game-deciding 2-run home run in the top of the 10th while closer Rafael Betancourt pitch a strong ninth and tenth to get the win. One of the keys to the victory was the strength of the bullpen with four relievers pitching 6 innings, giving up just 3 hits, 1 walk and no runs after taking over for starter Daniel Hudson. The other was the hitting of the #3 through #7 hitters who hit a combined 11 for 24 (.458 average) with 2 home runs and 4 runs batted in. The Rockies struggled to score runs late in games during spring training but found their stroke when it mattered. The Rockies will hand the ball to prized off-season acquisition, SP Jair Jurrjens, tonight in game two of the three game road series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Expectations are high for Jurrjens who is finally being given a chance to show his talent as a permanent starter of the Rockies rotation.
  9. Fair enough. I guess this guarantees that teams will get the players they draft, period. The one concern I would have is that the bonus demands have to taken into consideration when drafting a player now because there is the potential of teams going into the red if they are close to breaking even and they draft high bonus demand players. Thumbs up from the Rockies!
  10. Constitution looks very thorough and strong. I did want to ask about bonus demands for amateur draftees. Why are we changing what the game allows us to do and that is to negotiate the bonuses? Here is the part of the constitution I am questioning: "Certain draft picks may demand a signing bonus. This signing bonus is not negotiable and will be charged to your team at the execution of the draft on June 7th." Each draftee has a certain level on whether it will be easy or more difficult to get them to accept a bonus demand. If easy, then oftentimes, teams can offer a lower bonus and still sign the player. For those that are difficult, a team almost always has to meet their demand for any chance of signing them. Why aren't we keeping this functionality, allowing teams to negotiate with draftees? If a draftee really wants to play for my team and states that it will be easy to sign them, why should I be forced to pay the full bonus demand if I can most likely sign him for less? Would appreciate the thinking but the board on this rule. I, too, thought it a bit interesting that there were almost more rules around the article writing than baseball rules And I actually got a good laugh at the less than serious consequences if some of the rules were not followed. Maybe that lack of seriousness isn't fitting as our esteemed Pirates GM noted but I wasn't personally put off by it. Excellent work and just want to get an explanation on why we are turning off draftee negotiations. Otherwise, I give my approval of this fine constitution. Dan
  11. Rockies confirm this trade. Though Brothers is only 25, he just hasn't shown he can pitch well for the Rockies. Even against weaker competition in spring training, he is getting pounded while other relievers are showing they are ready to take their place on the big league bullpen. Felt Brothers was expendable and hopefully he can turn things around for the White Sox. Focused on getting decent depth in the OF (Benson) while getting a future 1B in Schaffer. Thanks to Jonathan on the respectful and fruitful trade negotiations. Good luck to the White Sox.
  12. Denver, CO -- In a very surprising development yesterday, free agent starting pitcher, Carlos Zambrano, signed a 3 year contract with the Colorado Rockies. The 31 year old veteran pitched for the World Champion Toronto Blue Jays last season, compiling a solid 12-8 record with a 3.29 earned run average in 24 starts. Terms disclosed were that Zambrano would make $6.75M for 3 years, considered a bargain in this offseason. The Rockies were late entries into the Zambrano sweepstakes, meeting with Zambrano a couple of nights ago and forging the contract. With such a late entry, the odds were not good that Colorado could land the veteran and with the Rockies being a rebuilding team, it was even more surprising that he signed with them. With the addition of Zambrano, the Rockies starting rotation looks significantly improved over last season's. The team will field Daniel Hudson, Juan Nicasio, Carlos Zambrano and Jair Jurrgens with the 5th spot in the rotation being a competition between Tyler Chatwood, Matt Purke and Rick Porcello. With spring training starting today, the Rockies will get a chance to see if their offseason efforts to boost the starting rotation will pay off in what should be a competitive NL West pennant race.
  13. Rockies send: SP Drew Pomeranz (AAA) Royals send: LF/1B Chris Marrero (ML) Good luck with Pomeranz, Rhett. I hope he pitches to potential for you. Marrero will give my 1B slot a boost with his bat and glove and reasonable salary. Dan
  14. Denver, Co -- It has been an uneasy offseason for the Colorado Rockies from the hiring of a new GM to the trading of fan favorite Troy Tulowitzki, but the front office continues to make moves they believe will improve the team from the disaster of last season. GM Dan Stamey came in with guns ablazing promising to change the team makeup and outlook for the 2013 season. In doing so, he has upset many in the fan base and caused many of his peers to question whether the risks he is taking will be worth it for the team and the league. The Rockies have focused on bringing in younger, more talented starting pitching as evidenced by the trade made with the Minnesota Twins that brought in Matt Purke and two very young prospects. They placed instant focus on one free agent pitcher, Jair Jurrjens and began difficult negotiations with the free agent back in December. After watching film and bringing in Jurrjens for a live pitching exhibition, the team was convinced that if Jurrjens was given an opportunity to pitch in the starting rotation and get 30 starts in a season that he could pitch to potential. In previous stops in Atlanta and Cleveland last season, Jurrjens was moved back and forth between the starting rotation and the bullpen, not really getting an opportunity to settle into a specific role. The Rockies have promised Jurrjens that he has a spot in the starting rotation secured and that he will be given a chance to pitch every 5th day. It is believed that that promise along with the strong contract offer convinced Jurrjens to play for the young and rebuilding Rockies. While many question the amount of the monetary layout given Jurrjens, the Rockies fans seemed to be happy with the move and there is a feeling that Jurrjens could be just what the Rockies need in the rotation to anchor such a young staff. With Daniel Hudson, Jair Jurrjens and Juan Nicasio, the Rockies seem set at the top of the rotation for several seasons. Matt Purke and Tyler Chatwood will be given the opportunity to lock down the fourth and fifth spot in the rotation in spring training. If they can pitch well, the Rockies rotation will be pretty solid. Jurrjens immediately boarded a flight to Denver early this morning and will appear at a news conference scheduled for 1pm mountain along with GM Dan Stamey. When asked by a reporter of his thoughts on the signing, GM Stamey said "I think Jair has the potential to be a very good pitcher and just needs the chance to prove it on the field. He is a starter and he will be treated as such here. We are not asking him to come in immediately and lead our pitching staff as we will be putting him in the second spot in the rotation but don't be surprised if he becomes our leader on the staff." Jurrjens will make $14.15 million per season for 4 seasons with the 5th season being a team option. If he pitches as the Rockies expect, he can pull in $16.15M in the final season of the contract. At the age of just 27, Jurrjens has the chance to improve and mature and the Rockies believe that with the right coaching, he will develop into a solid starter for the team.