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Barmes, Sullivan optioned to AAA

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Along with two of last season's opening day starters in Clint Barmes and Cory Sullivan, Matt Herges and Ubaldo Jimenez are being sent down to Colorado Springs as well. Danny Graves was released in the Rockies' latest moves. Troy Tulowitzki's now the official opening day shortstop, and the last roster battle to be determined is between Alexis Gomez, John Mabry and Ryan Spilborghs for the final bench spot.

Corpas and Ramirez are on the twenty-five man roster as well, as along with Herges, Mike Gallo gets reassigned to minors camp. All of that meaning we're also stuck with Tom Martin for now. Infielder Erick Almonte was also reassigned to minors camp.

The move doesn't necessarily rule out trades for Cory or Clint, but it makes it clear that they aren't major factors in the Rockies plans for this season. The moves haven't been unexpected, given the play of Willy Taveras and Tulowitzki this Spring, and the emergence of veteran Steve Finley as a capable backup in center field.


Update [2007-3-23 23:6:18 by Russ]: Jim Callis tackles a question about Kyle Hancock in today's ASK BA. If you've been following the Row since the story first broke in '05, you won't find out any new info.