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Friday Rockpile: Rockies agree to new deals with Taylor Buchholz, Jorge De La Rosa, and Clint Barmes; other NL West teams strike deals

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Rockies reach deal with De La Rosa | ColoradoRockies.com: News
Rox come to terms with Barmes, Buchholz | ColoradoRockies.com: News
De La Rosa gets $5.6 million deal - The Denver Post

Rehashing yesterday's big news, the Rockies agreed to one-year deals with three of their arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Taylor Buchholz and Jorge De La Rosa and infielder Clint Barmes.

The Contact Tales: 2009 | FanGraphs Baseball
In the last entry of R.J. Anderson's series, "The Contact Tales," we find out that Jorge De La Rosa had the fifth-best contact rate for a starting pitcher in the 2009 season at 74%. Will see see JDLR on this list after the 2010 season?

Colorado Rockies Preliminary Prospect List - Minor League Ball
John Sickels needs help on his Rockies' preliminary prospect list.

Heath Bell agrees to one-year deal - SignOnSanDiego.com
The Padres and Heath Bell agreed to a $4M, one-year deal to avoid arbitration.

Twitter / Ken Rosenthal: Source: #Mets contact Jerr ...
The Mets contacted Jerry Hairston, and as Ken Rosenthal points out, he can play both positions that the Mets have an injury-prone players at.

azcentral.com blogs - Nick Piecoro - NickPiecoro - D-Backs, Jackson avoid arbitration
Conor Jackson received only a slight raise after coming of a season in which he posted a -1.1 WAR.

BaseballAmerica.com: Minors: Will Lingo: Let's Not Stop at Class A Realignment
Some interesting bits of history concerning the South Atlantic League now that the league lost two teams to the Midwest League. WIll Lingo goes on to suggest that the Triple A level should go back to the three-league format it has last century.