The Rockies tendered contracts to all of their arb-eligibles, but several of the team's former players were non-tendered on Friday, as was perhaps one future player.
First of all, awful news out of Kansas City today. My thoughts are with the victims' loved ones, as well as the team and its fans.
Former Colorado Rockies players Ian Stewart and Zach Putnam were non-tendered by the Chicago Cubs on Friday, while the Arizona Diamondbacks declined to tender an offer to Wil Nieves, who spent time behind the plate for the Rox last year.
While the Rockies may or may not look to any of those players to fill holes, Troy Renck says that Colorado could pursue reliever Daniel Schlereth, who was non-tendered by the Detroit Tigers. Schlereth, who is of course the son of Broncos "legend" Mark Schlereth, has a 4.35 career ERA in 93 innings, striking out nearly a batter per inning but walking 6.4 per nine.
Those walk numbers would make me want to stay far, far away from Stink Jr. However, if he is able to return to his 2010 form, a year in which he struck out 9.2 batters and walked less than five per nine innings (small sample size, notwithstanding), I'd agree with Renck about him possibly being worth a look.
Why Tampa Bay Rays will likely have to trade David Price - MLB - ESPN
MLB executives have told ESPN's Buster Olney that they're convinced Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price will be traded sometime within the next year. This has absolutely nothing to do with the Rockies, who likely don't have the prospects, and certainly don't have the intestinal fortitude, to make a trade like this. That may or may not be a good thing, in this case.
MLB seeking changes to posting system for players from Japan - Yahoo! Sports
While this is another thing that likely won't affect the Rockies anytime soon, it's still newsworthy. An open auction format sure would beat the heck out of the current posting system, which funnels money straight into NPB, rather than to the player whose services are being bidded on.