Thomas Harding offers his take on the non-roster invitees. He mentioned something that we have been hearing for the entirety of the off-season - the possible return of Josh Fogg. On one hand, I somewhat agree with the statement "a team can never have too many pitchers," but on the other hand, it's hard to agree when most of those pitchers are mediocre. Sure, Rockies fans will never forget Fogg's gutsy performances during the '07 stretch run, but is this a guy that the team can honestly count on to be a solid starting pitcher? I guess that remains to be seen. Harding also goes on to say that Matt Belisle (one of the non-roster invitees) is the type of guy that has experienced success with the Rockies in the past. Belisle, while never consistent, does seem to have the abilitly to be a solid Major Leaguer. His best year was with Cincinnati in 2007, when he posted an 8-9 record with an 88 ERA+ in a touch over 170 innings. Belisle had a decent K/BB ratio (2.91), but allowed entirely too many baserunners (1.44 WHIP). Hopefully, Belisle turns out more like Fogg and less like Kip Wells or Josh Towers.
Tracy Ringolsby checks in with a breakdown of former Rockies players who will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in the next few years. Out of the crop (which also includes Rockies greats Ellis Burks, Vinny Castilla, and Eric Young; not to mention not-so-greats Todd Zeile, Charles Johnson, and Jose Hernandez), the guys with the best (and only) chance seem to be Andres Galarraga and Larry Walker. The Big Cat is eligible next season, while Walker will make his HOF ballot debut in 2011.
Finally, Troy Renck provides a list of Rockies who filed for arbitration yesterday. As expected, GM Dan O'Dowd says that the club is prepared to participate in hearings for each case, though the Rockies have let things progress to that point only 3 times in the history of the franchise.