The Rockies optioned three players and reassigned nine other to their minor league camp on Sunday. Optioned to the minors were RHP Chad Bettis, who is converting from relief to a starting pitcher. He didn't allow a run in five spring innings. "He's in a good place," manager Walt Weiss said, per the Denver Post. "There's some clarity in his role and what he needs to do. It was a positive camp for him." First baseman Ben Paulsen, who had a .108 spring average. "He hasn't had a great spring," Weiss said. "But that doesn't diminish what I think of the guy." LHP Chris Rusin, who had a 6.43 spring ERA. Reassigned to minor league camp were: LHP Kraig Sitton, LHP Aaron Laffey, LHP John Lannan, RHP Jair Jurrjens, RHP Brett Marshall, catcher Audry Perez, infielders Trevor Story and Omar Quintanilla, and outfielder Roger Bernadina.
The Rockies have re-signed pitcher Kraig Sitton to a minor-league deal. Sitton was non-tendered by the club on Tuesday, but the team opted to bring him back on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Sitton posted a 3.68 ERA over 66 innings last year in Double-A.
The Rockies have declined to tender a contract to left-hander Kraig Sitton on Tuesday, making him a free agent, per the team's official website. Sitton spent 2014 playing for Double-A Tulsa and went 4-8 with a 3.68 ERA over 66 innings of relief.
The Rockies were pitcher-heavy in their demotions on Thursday. Right-hander Raul Fernandez and southpaws Jayson Aquino, Tyler Matzek and Kraig Sitton were all designated for assignment, as was infielder Rosell Herrera.
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