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Posted on: June 30, 2011 3:11 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 9:45 am

Rockies acquire Ellis from A's

Mark Ellis

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Rockies have found their solution at second baseman, getting Mark Ellis and cash from the A's in exchange for right-hander Bruce Billings and a player to be named.

Colorado has been searching for a second baseman since the offseason when the team tried to get Michael Young from the Rangers. Instead, they've gone with a mixture of Jonathan Herrera, Chris Nelson, Jose Lopez, Alfredo Amezaga and Eric Young Jr. Rockies second basemen have hit .236/.291/.319 through 80 games this season.

Ellis came off the disabled list last week only to see the emergence of rookie Jemile Weeks, who had gone from the team's second baseman of the future to its second baseman of the present in the time Ellis' 15 days on the DL for a strained right hamstring were used up.

Ellis is hitting .217/.253/.290 in 233 plate appearances this season, but should get a boost from playing at Coors Field. 

The $1 million sent from Oakland will be used to cover some of what remains of Ellis' $6 million salary for this season. He is a free agent after this season. Ellis had a partial no-trade clause in his contract.

Billings, 25, has appeared in one game this season, allowing five hits and a run in two innings. He was 6-2 with a 4.47 ERA in 29 games and 50 1/3 innings for Triple-A Colorado Springs this season.

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Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:40 pm

Wigginton suffers oblique injury

By Evan Brunell

WiggintonTy Wigginton has long been coveted by the Rockies, as they were a popular name attached to the utilityman last season at the trade deadline, when Wiggy was in Baltimore.

Having signed with Colorado as a free agent, Wigginton opened the year on the bench although his versatility and ability to hit left-handers got him in the lineup plenty of times. However, he moved into the starting lineup more frequently when third baseman Ian Stewart was demoted to Triple-A.

Unfortunately for Wigginton, he suffered an oblique injury Tuesday after his best game as a Rockie, delivering a 3-for-4 night with a home run. Oblique injuries have swept baseball, leaving many scrambling to find out why.

The injury occurred on a slide into second base, as Wiggington relays to the Denver Post. "I reached up with my arm because the throw was off line as I was getting close to the bag and felt something," Wigginton said. "It's tough."

The 33-year-old believes he will be able to avoid the disabled list, which the Rockies certainly would love so they don't have to dip down to Triple-A for Stewart, Chris Nelson or Eric Young, Jr. In the interim, Colorado can start Jose Lopez at the spot, who has been sharing time with Wiggy at the hot corner as Jonathan Herrera has the second base job on lockdown.

While the team doesn't necessarily have to make a move for an infielder, the Rockies may do just that given back-to-back off days after a postponement of Thursday's game followed by an off day Friday. Colorado has been carrying 13 pitches and there's really no need for that at this point, and doubly so when the pitching staff will receive two straight off days. That could cause the dip down for Stewart, Nelson or Young to round out the bench.

Stewart was supposed to start at third all year for the club, but a poor start caused the team to give up in a year where success was being predicted. He's bounced back so far, but do the Rockies really want to jerk him right back to the majors and put him in a bench role? No, that role is far better served for Nelson or Young.

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Posted on: February 9, 2011 8:54 am
Edited on: February 9, 2011 12:56 pm

Destinations for Young dwindling

Michael Young Throughout the offseason, just one team has expressed interest in disgruntled Ranger Michael Young, the Rockies. No more, Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes .

Renck says a major-league source tells him the Rockies are out on Young and not sure a deal can be revived. The Rockies have been in and out of the Young talks since before the Winter Meetings in early December.

Colorado seemed like a good fit for Young, who could fill a hole at second base. Right now, the Rockies have four candidates to start at second base, Jonathan Herrera, Jose Lopez, Chris Nelson and Eric Young Jr.

The Rockies are one of eight teams on Young's approved list, but few of those teams seem to be interested in Young. The seven other teams are the Padres, Dodgers, Astros, Cardinals, Angels, Twins and Yankees.

Here's the rest of the teams and reactions to a possible Young trade:

• Ken Gurnick of MLB.com writes the Dodgers have had talks with the Rangers, but a source tells him a deal is "a very long shot."

• Young's contract makes him a poor fit for the Astros, Zachary Lavine of the Houston Chronicle writes , even if it's a swap of bad contracts with Carlos Lee headed to Texas.

• The Cardinals aren't interested in Young, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes .

• The Angels are interested in Young, but Rangers' president Nolan Ryan it's doubtful the team would send Young to a team within his own division, the Los Angeles Times ' Mike DiGiovanna writes . Another story in the Times notes the teams match up well in terms of bad contracts, but the Rangers wouldn't really want Scott Kazmir or Fernando Rodney.

• There's "zero chance" the Twins make a deal for Young, Joe Christensen of the Star-Tribune tweets , adding the teams had discussed a trade before, but the contract is too much for the Twins to add.

• As for the Yankees and Padres -- the Padres don't want to spend that kind of money on Young, while the Yankees could, but they've already got overpaid declining infielders.

• There are also reports that Young would expand his list on a "team-by-team" basis -- which he may have to do in order to play for someone other than the Rangers in 2011.

UPDATE: An executive from one of the teams interested in Young tells Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman , "I still don't think they'll trade him."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 5:51 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2010 5:56 pm

Rockies touch up Chapman

Aroldis Chapman Apparently, Aroldis Chapman is human.

The Reds used Chapman in the middle of an inning for the first time and he allowed not only his first big league hit, but also his first run.

Chapman entered the game with two outs and the Reds trailing by a run, 5-4.

Eric Young Jr. got the first hit off Chapman, a singled up the middle on a 98.6 mph fastball, scoring Seth Smith. Dexter Fowler then hit a hard ball at Paul Janish, who was knocked backwards and tried to get a force at second, but threw it over the head of Brandon Phillips, scoring Chris Nelson, scored as an error.

Carlos Gonzalez then hit a little bouncer over Chapman's head that third baseman Juan Francisco couldn't handle, loading the bases. After throwing a 103.1 mph fastball to Troy Tulowitzki, Ryan Hanigan had one go by him for a passed ball, scoring another run. Chapman then got Tulowitzki swinging at a slider to end the inning.

Chapman's final line -- 1/3 of an inning, three hits and an unearned run with a strikeout. He threw 16 pitches -- nine were clocked at 100 mph or better.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 7:22 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2010 8:02 pm

Rockies looking at Uggla, Wigginton

Troy Renck of the Denver Post says (via Twitter) that the Rockies, reeling from the loss of top hitter Troy Tulowitzki, are looking at acquiring an infielder. He said they are keeping an eye on the Marlins' Dan Uggla and the Orioles' Ty Wigginton, both of whom are pending free agents for teams going nowhere and could presumably be had for a decent prospect.

Tulowitzki suffered a broken wrist last week and is out for six weeks. The Rockies moved Clint Barmes from second base to shortstop and brought up rookie Chris Nelson to play second.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 6:56 pm

Rockies place Tulowitzki on DL

The Rockies said they have no timetable for the return of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who was placed on the 15-day disabbled list with a broken left wrist on Friday.

Tulowitzki was hit on the wrist by Twins reliever Alex Burnett in Thursday's game and an X-ray on Friday revealed the fracture.

The Rockies are expected to move second baseman Clint Barmes to short to try to make up for Tulowitzki, the Rockies leading hitter. Tulowitzki was hitting .306/.375/.502 with nine home runs and 34 RBI.

Colorado called up infielder Chris Nelson to replace Tulowitzki on the roster.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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