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Friday Rockpile: Changeling

Major announcements coming for Purple Row today, I believe. More to come, or if that announcement beat the Rockpile, disregard this. Of if that announcement isn't coming, then what announcement? I have no idea what you're talking about.

Change is in the air. Free agency is in full swing. Miguel Olivo traded to the Blue Jays. A couple days ago I posted the projected 25 Man Roster using the tools he have committed to the organization right now. We have five months until opening day. The scramble for making a winning roster begins.

Jim Armstrong and Troy Renck have the story on the Olivo trade. In case you haven't heard, the Rockies will be getting a Player To Be Named Later (or a cash substitute) in the deal. The Rockies traded Olivo hours before the option deadline, after his options status was misreported twice over the last month. Toronto, in a clever move, immediately declined the option.

The idea here is that the Rockies saved half a million dollars and opened a spot on the team for a new face at catcher with Iannetta, while the Blue Jays got a player they can offer salary arbitration to as he leaves and gain a free agent draft pick, should Olivo reject. if he accepts, Toronto has got a heckuva lot of catchers, and Olivo, who has attracted interest from teams like the Marlins, can allow a trade to occur (no team cannot trade a free agent who has accepted an arbitration offer without his consent until June 15th. Continuing to complicate Toronto's catcher situation, youngster J.P. Arencibia is considered a potential trade chip if Toronto wants to make a larger move. Toronto already elected to keep Jose Molina around this year, and have claimed that they haven't ruled out John Buck either.

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Renck points out some other Toronto related news as a footnote in the above article: the Rockies are once again being tied to Kevin Gregg as a bullpen consideration. The good news here is that before, Gregg was being considered as a closer or set-up figure. With Huston Street, Rafael Betancourt and Matt Belisle all primed to rest in the 7-9th inning next year, Gregg becomes a right handed filler that would essentially be taking the spot Manny Corpas would have if he weren't recovering from surgery next year. In addition to the three above, Manny Delcarmen projects to be a situational right in the pen, leaving one more spot open for another righty in Matt Daley or an acquired player like Gregg, while still having room for both Matt Reynolds and Franklin Morales or another lefty.

We've also confirmed now that Ian Stewart has acuired Super Two status, which is no surprise. We knew the cutoff would be around 2.125 service time days this year, and it tirned out to become 1.122, leaving Seth Smith missing the cutoff by just 3 service time days. For a list of Super Two players, check out MLBTradeRumors.

Sometime in the next couple days, I'll be putting up my Rule 5 Draft article where I elaborate on all eligible players in the system. The Rockies have at least 41 players who are currently eligible for the draft if it happened today, possibly more depending on any minor league signings that occur between now and the draft. This number will be smaller than this going into the draft, after names like Wilin Rosario and Jordan Pacheco have been protected by a 40 Man spot.