Finally things start to heat up. Since the last edition of the Transactions Notes, we've seen the MLB and MiLB rosters finalize, several borderline roster candidates released, and the beginning of both the MLB and full-season MiLB seasons. If you want to see the opening day rosters for each MiLB team, check out Andrew Fisher's minor league breakdown, which features screenshots of Rockies Roster just before the seasons began (the rosters have since changed, so the RR pages are different). Both the Pacific Coast League and the Texas League expanded their active roster limits from 24 to 25 this offseason, giving all four full season teams 25 active spots each.
This year, I'm going to format the Transactions Notes into a more typical article format rather than a boring list. While the list may be easier to navigate quickly, Rockies Roster's transactions page archives all the relevant data anyway, so it makes sense to use these for commentary rather than organization.
Let's get down to it:
The Rockies wrapped up their Spring Training roster by placing four players on the 15 Day Disabled List: Jorge De La Rosa (surgery recovery), Charlie Blackmon (turf toe), Hector Gomez (Hector Gomezitis), and Josh Outman (Trip to Denny's). Outman is likely to be activated this week, the others are expected to be activated later. The team also purchased the contract of Jamie Moyer, adding him to the 40 Man Roster. Moyer is the only non-roster invitee that was purchased to the team. The other NRIs that lasted until the end of MLB camp, Brandon Wood, Wil Nieves and Brendan Harris, were all reassigned to the minors.
The Rockies also claimed right handed pitcher Adam Ottavino off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals. He was optioned to the Sky Sox, after having already served ten days on optional assignment this year before being designated for assignment by St. Louis. The 40 Man Roster now stands at 39 filled spots, plus the suspended Eliezer Alfonzo who does not count towards the roster limit. His 100 game suspension will be over sometime in the middle of the season.
Finally, this first week of the season saw five players burn the 20 day waiting period on their 2012 optional assignments. Tommy Field (2 remaining), Edwar Cabrera (2 remaining), Christian Friedrich (2 remaining), DJ LeMahieu (1 remaining) and Ottavino (1 remaining) have now had options committed towards 2012, and can be optioned freely between the majors and the minors through the rest of the season. Players that have had their optional assignments exercised but have not yet seen them commit are Drew Pomeranz, Guillermo Moscoso, Edgmer Escalona and Alex White. Pomeranz is expected to be recalled before his option is committed.
For the minors and a list of players released from the Rockies organization, head below the jump.
The Rockies re-signed RHP Edgar Gonzalez to a minor league contract after he was released by the Athletics. Gonzalez spent the second half of 2011 with the organization, and got into one game with the MLB club. Gonzalez was initially assigned to the Sky Sox, but reassigned to Extended Spring Training for a few days before replacing Drew Pomeranz, who was reassigned to the Drillers to make a small start there in preparation for his recall to the Rockies.
Reliever Joe Torres, who tested positive for banned substances during the offseason, was placed on the restricted list to serve his 50 game suspension. He is eligible to be activated in late May. After spending opening day on the active roster, Brendan Harris was reassigned to Extended Spring Training to make room for the activation of Ottavino from the reserve list. Infielder Jimmy Cesario was promoted from AA Tulsa when outfielder Brandon Roberts was placed on the 7 Day Disabled List with a concussion.
Tulsa's roster has been the most stable of the full season MiLB teams thus far. Only the roster spot swap of Pomeranz and Cesario has affected their initial roster. The Drillers have Chad Bettis assigned to them as a 26th man. He was placed on the 7 Day Disabled List before the season began.
The Modesto Nuts got bit by the injury bug early this season, with both Joey Wong hitting the 7 Day Disabled List after just one game. Juan Crousset and David Hernandez were reassigned from Extended Spring Training to replace them, but Hernandez was ultimately reassigned back to EST in favor of Jayson Langfels after only one day on Modesto's roster. Outfielder Rafael Ortega also occupies Modesto's 7 Day Disabled List. He was placed there before the season began.and
The Tourists saw an early injury to infielder Taylor Featherston, who was placed on the 7 Day Disabled List. Jose Rivera was reassigned from Extended Spring Training to replace him on Asheville's roster.
Although the Dust Devils have not begun play yet, first baseman Jordan Ribera was placed on their disabled list.
The Rockies made one other minor league signing this week, pitcher Brian Anderson, a converted outfielder. Anderson reported to Extended Spring Training.
As is always the case, the Rockies did not have enough room to assign all of their players to MiLB teams. Superfluous players that did not warrant a trip to EST were released from the organization. Below is a listing of the players that were released from our organization in the final week of Spring Training:
- Avery Barnes
- Casey Blake
- Mitch Canham
- David Christensen
- Leonard Davis
- Justin Edwards
- Ricardo Ferrer
- Josh Ford
- Connor Graham
- Kyle Hancock
- Steve Holm
- Sheng-An Kuo
- Logan Mahon
- Chris McMurray
- Dan Perkins
- Jeremiah Sammy
- Joe Sanders
- Chase Weems
- Keith Weiser
All players that are not listed here but also not listed as assigned to a team are currently in Extended Spring Training, which runs until the week before short season play begins.