Rockies of yesteryear

Doug Pensinger

With the 2014 regular season nearly upon us, I thought I would look back on the opening day roster from 2013 and where those Rockies are now.

On Wednesday afternoon, I was half paying attention to a Mets' spring training game and noticed a guy named Young make a nice backhanded stop at second base. Could this be the same EY Jr. the Rockies couldn't have playing for them at second and then failed as an outfield experiment before coming back to haunt the Rockies last year in a Mets' uniform. For this reason I have decided to look at last year's roster and provide an update for everyone on those players who are no longer Rockies.

Infielders

Todd Helton - Obviously retired, for those who missed the news, the Rockies will be retiring his number in August. I hope to see everyone there.

Jonathan Herrera - Scrappy is in Red Sox camp, and, at least from this blogger's perspective, has a pretty good chance to make the team as an utility infielder. Rockies depth players making other teams' rosters...not sure this has happened as much in the past as it will this year.

Chris Nelson - Trying to make it with the Reds this spring but things are beginning to look bleak.

Reid Brignac - Like Chris Nelson, Reid is having a hard time trying to crack the roster of his new team, Philadelphia.

Outfielders

Dexter Fowler - A casualty of one of the Rockies' two big trades this offseason, Dex is enjoying his breath of fresh air in Houston. The entire team has low expectations and Dex is a bit of an anomaly with a salary over $7 million for a team with mostly young, cost controlled players. For this reason, if he does well this season he should expect another trade at the deadline.

Eric Young Jr. - The Mets seem to be in the same connundrum with EY as the Rockies had last year. He is the most intriguing leadoff hitter on their team but you can't steal first base...at least not unless you are Jean Segura.

Catcher

Yorvit Torrealba - Yorvit still appears to be looking for a job. I could not find any information on him in a camp this spring.

Pitchers

Jeff Francis accepted a minor league assignment with the Reds. John Garland is trying to hitch back on to the White Sox. From what I can tell, Edgmer Escalona is still with the Orioles who signed him in the offseason. Chris Volstad signed in the offseason with the Angels but then he was released a month later. Finally, Rafael Betancourt is recovering from injury

All total, there are twelve players from last year's 25-man roster that are no longer with the team, or nearly half. Of those, only Dex and EY Jr. seem to be guaranteed a spot with a new team this year while the rest will either be calling it a career or trying to regain their form in the minor leagues. Other than Todd Helton, who will you miss the most this year? Who do you think will make the team this year but won't be around for 2015?

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