Tag:Jonathan Herrera
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: 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: August 25, 2010 4:00 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 4:53 pm

Twins claim Flores on waivers

The Twins have claimed lefty reliever Randy Flores off waivers from the Rockies, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Flores, 35, made 47 appearances for the Rockies this season, putting up a 2.96 ERA with 5.9 strikeouts and 4.3 walks per nine innings. Flores, who is making $650,000 this season and will become a free agent after the year, was designated for assignment August 20 as the Rockies made room for Jonathan Herrera.

Flores will join the Twins in Texas. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Twins transferred Ron Mahay from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. They'll have to make another move to get him on the 25-man roster.

-- David Andriesen

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