Posted December 06, 2012 on
The Colorado Rockies were surprisingly active at this year's Winter Meetings in Nashville. The Rockies made a trade for a late inning reliever, signed Jeff Francis again, and added another arm via the Rule 5 Draft. More on these moves and rumors from the Winter Meetings in this edition of Rockies Notes.
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A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Jeff Francis is staying with the Colorado Rockies.
The 31-year-old left-hander has agreed to a one-year contract, the person said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.
Francis is 67-73 with a 4.86 ERA in 205 starts and one relief appearance during eight major league seasons...
The Colorado Rockies have agreed in principle to a one-year, Major League contract with left-handed starting pitcher Jeff Francis, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. The deal will become official once Francis passes a physical.
According to sources close to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Colorado Rockies agreed to a one-year, Major League deal with left handed pitcher Jeff Francis. The deal is pending physical.
Francis, 31, went 6-7 with a 5.58 ERA, 4.27 FIP, 6.1 K/9, 1.8 BB/9 and 1.2 HR/9 in 113.0 innings throughout 24 starts for the Rockies in 2012.
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Reds general manager Walt Jocketty downplayed the possibility of a trade for Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler this week, telling MLB.com, “I’m not sure Colorado is moving Fowler.”
Jocketty might be right, but the Rockies are open to discussing Fowler and have engaged in preliminary trade conversations with the Reds, according to major-league sources.
In a vacuum, you could probably make a decent enough case in favor of exchanging Alex White for Wilton Lopez. As Jeff wrote last week, Lopez is the game’s most extreme high GB/low BB reliever, and this skillset allows him to be an effective late inning reliever. Lopez is a quality arm, and he can be a key piece of a good bullpen. Meanwhile, White has been pretty lousy during...
Right-hander Wilton Lopez, who finished last season as the Houston Astros' closer, was acquired by the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. Houston received right-handed starter Alex White and minor league right-hander Alex Gillingham in the deal. Colorado also will get cash or a player to be named. Lopez likely will serve as a setup man in front of Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt...
Our neverending cycle of minor offseason signings at the Winter Meetings continues, as a pair of starting pitchers have fallen off of the free agent market. Joe Blanton has gotten two years and $15 million (with a third year option) from the Angels, and Jeff Francis has gotten a one year deal to return to the Rockies.
Blanton struggled in 2012 between the Phillies and Dodgers...