DENVER — Maybe it’s the cold medicine. But the doses have me thinking in numbers. So here’s a few to digest as an appetizer before dinner.
As reported last week, closer Rafael Betancourt — yes that’s his role, closer, closer, closer for all asking on Twitter (I kid because I care) — officially signed his contract extension today. He will make $4 million this year, the Rockies picked up the 2013 mutual option at $4.25 and added an option for 2014 for $4.25 million.
Betancourt, 36, inherited the closer’s spot from an injured Huston Street in August and converted eight of nine save opportunities. He held opponents to a .203 batting average last season, and .077 mark (5-for-65) over the final two months. He has never opened the season as a closer. Given his age, he might not work three consecutive days much, especially early in the year. That could provide some opportunities for Rex Brothers, Matt Belisle and Matt Lindstrom.
Betancourt takes a lot of grief for working slowly, his outi...