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Posted on: November 2, 2010 5:08 pm
 

Rockies may pick up option on Olivo, deal him

Olivo The Rockies may not need to decline Miguel Olivo's option, but don't bet on them bringing him back either.

The Denver Post 's Troy Renck reports that teams have come calling on Olivo, which is giving the team pause in declining the $2.5 million mutual option on Olivo.

Despite Colorado riding Olivo for much of the year at the expense of Chris Ianetta and slashing .216/.315/.449 with 14 home runs in 427 plate appearances, it appears the Rockies soured on Olivo late. That's no surprise, given Olivo had a .925 OPS in the first half over 253 PA, plummeting to .539 in 174 PA after the All-Star Game.

However, catching is always in demand and Olivo will be a 32-year-old catcher on a cheap one-year pact. The Rockies should be able to get a solid prospect in or perhaps major-league reliever in return for Olivo.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:52 am
 

R.I.P. Rockies: Talented trio not enough

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Today: The Colorado Rockies.

For a while there, it looked like the Rockies were going to do it again.

A 15-12 August, followed by a 10-game winning streak in early September, got the Rockies in position to pull off another of their late-season runs toward the playoffs. They were just a game back in the National League West on September 18, and Troy Tulowitzki was playing like Superman.

But alas, it was not to be. In fact, they finished in exactly the opposite fans hoped, dropping an amazing 13 of 14 to finish the season in third place, nine games out.

WHAT WENT WRONG

The Rockies got some amazing performances from their star players, but didn’t get enough help beyond those guys.

Second base was a disaster, as Clint Barmes batted .235. Todd Helton struggled with a bum back and saw his average drop 69 points. Outfielder Brad Hawpe, an All-Star a year earlier, was so bad the team released him in August. The guy who finished 2009 as the closer, Franklin Morales, got demoted. Chris Iannetta signed a three-year contract and completely forgot how to hit. Beyond the stellar Ubaldo Jimenez, none of the starters managed to finish more than a game over .500.

Troy Tulowitzki And then there were the injuries, of which the Rockies had more than their share. Aaron Cook had his leg broken by a line drive. Huston Street started the season hurt and his replacement, Manny Corpas, ended up with Tommy John surgery.  Tulowitzki broke his wrist. Four of the five starting pitchers went on the disabled list.

The other major factor was Colorado’s miserable performance on the road. A year after notching a winning road record, they went just 31-50.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Three things went very right: Tulowitzki, Jimenez and Carlos Gonzalez.

Jimenez provided the highlight of the year April 17 when he pitched the franchise’s first no-hitter (after 18 years) in Atlanta. Jimenez was untouchable in the first half of the season, going into the All-Star break 15-1 with a 2.20 ERA. Reality caught up to him in the second half, when he went 4-7, but he still finished as a 19-game winner.

Tulowitzki had one of the most spectacular months anyone has ever put together, with 15 homers and 40 RBI in the season’s final 30 games. The Rockies only had six other players with as many as 40 RBI FOR THE SEASON, let alone in a month. Tulowitzki overcame the wrist injury to finish with a .315 average and a .919 OPS.

Gonzalez arrived in a big way in his first full season, putting together an MVP-worthy campaign. He won the batting title, had 117 RBI and finished with a .974 OPS, leading the league in total bases. On July 31, he hit a walkoff homer to complete a cycle. He was just fun to watch all season.
 
HELP ON THE WAY

Chris Nelson’s time may have arrived after the problems the Rockies had at second base. Nelson batted .280 in 17 major-league games and .313 the rest of the season at Triple-A.
 
EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

The Rockies have a nice core to work with, and the NL West showed itself to be up for grabs this season. A little better luck with injuries, another bat and better play on the road, and there’s no reason they shouldn’t contend next year.

Todd Helton SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The Rockies need to get deeper. They have some weapons, but this year showed they need a better supporting cast.

Word is they’re looking for another impact bat and interested in Victor Martinez. If Martinez is open to converting eventually to be a full-time first baseman, it would be a great fit. They could let Miguel Olivo go, hope Martinez can mentor Iannetta, and prepare for life after Helton.

Seth Smith is probably no longer in the plans as an everyday outfielder, and there are some options out there.

The Rockies also have to figure out the rotation, as they’re probably going to lose Jorge De La Rosa and have an option on Jeff Francis that’s probably too rich for the Rockies’ blood.

2011 PREDICTION

The Rockies could actually be headed for a step back, simply because Tulowitzki, Gonzalez and Jimenez are statistically unlikely to repeat what they did this season. If the supporting players don’t step up, it could be another third-place finish.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 10:14 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:58 am
 

Rockies to exercise option on Olivo

Miguel Olivo The Rockies will exercise their $2.7 million option on catcher Miguel Olivo, Tracy Ringolsby writes .

Olivo's option was originally worth $2.5 million, but bumped up wihen he played in his 110th game.

Olivo made $2 million this year in Colorado after the Royals declined his $3.3 million option after 2009.

Olivo hit .269/.315/.449 with 14 homers and 58 RBI in 2010. Although his power numbers went down (from 23 homers and a .490 slugging percentage) this season, he increased his average and on-base percentage in Denver.

Looking at his splits, Olivo's gains may be a product of Coors -- he hit .318/.349/.556 at home and .211/.276/.322 on the road. Ten of his 14 homers came at Coors.

The home-field factor wasn't the only red-flag in his splits -- he hit .325/.377/.548 with 11 homers in the first half of the season, and .193/.225/.313 in the second half.

The Rockies have Chris Iannetta under contract, but is due $6.1 million over the next two years. The Rockies could look to trade Iannetta, but would have to eat much of his contract. He due $2.55 million next season, $3.55 million in 2012 with a $5 million club option for 2013 with a  $250,000 buy-out. If traded, he may void that option.

Ianettea's trade value isn't exactly at its peak -- he hit .197/.318/.383 with nine homers and 27 RBI this season, and .175/.296/.278 with two homers on the road.

If the Rockies do trade Ianetta, Michael McKenry and Paul Phillips are possibilities to backup Olivo. Both were called up in September. Two of the Rockies' top prospects are catchers, Wilin Rosario and Jordan Pacheco. Rosario tore his ACL in August, while Pacheco started the season in high-Class A, but finished the season in Triple-A and will play in the Arizona Fall League.

The Rockies have hinted they'd like to take a look at free agent catcher Victor Martinez.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 8:46 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 2:30 pm
 

Rockies' Olivo carted off field

Miguel Olivo Rockies catcher Miguel Olivo was carted off the field after he took a blow to the head on Albert Pujols' follow-through in the first inning on Friday.

Olivo had his neck stabilized and was placed on a stretcher, replaced by Chris Iannetta.

UPDATE:  Olivo was taken to a St. Louis hospital and is undergoing CT scans on his head and neck, the Denver Post 's Jim Armstrong reports .

UPDATE: More from Armstrong , Olivo suffered a "mild" concussion in the incident and was able to return to the Rockies' clubhouse at Busch Stadium by the end of the game. He didn't speak with reporters.

"Believe me, I thank God for this, we avoided a catastrophic injury," manager Jim Tracy said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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