Tag:Colorado Rockies
Posted on: May 4, 2009 11:14 pm

Corpas near corpse status in Colorado

Manuel Corpas has gone from closer to hanging onto the major leagues by the tiniest piece of dental floss in Colorado.

The struggling right-hander, who took the closer's job from Huston Street last month before giving it back last week, has been charged with three of the Rockies' past five losses and has watched his ERA grow to 6.75.

His most egregious recent transgression was issuing a leadoff walk to seldom-used San Francisco backup catcher Steve Holm to start the 10th inning of a scoreless game on Sunday. Two batters later, Holm scored on Rich Aurilia's single and the Rockies lost their seventh one-run game of the season, 1-0.

There were some who thought he would be diverted to Triple-A Colorado Springs before the Rockies' series in San Diego finishes this week but, as of Monday, Corpas was still in the Rockies' bullpen.

His status?

"He's on the team," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.

What's especially frustrating to the Rockies is that Corpas appears to make progress when working in the bullpen with pitching coach Bob Apodaca but it doesn't show up on the field.

"Guys that go down to the pen with him, you see what you want to see, but it's transferring that into the game," Hurdle said.

So for now, the Rockies appear back to Street closing and Corpas working in the ... sixth? Seventh? Only in blowout games until he starts hitting his spots and gets that .409 opponents' batting average in order?

"We're going to have to find places in the game where we can remove him from the flame," Hurdle said.

Likes: Zack Greinke 6-0 with an 0.40 ERA after clipping the White Sox. How about more than 6,500 fans buying walk-up tickets in Kansas City on a Monday night? The kid has allowed just two earned runs in 45 innings this season. The Greinke Express hits Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday night. ... What a weekend for Seattle second baseman Jose Lopez. He punched a game-winning single to beat Oakland in the 15th inning Sunday, two days after he put the exclamation mark on a 14 pitch at-bat against Oakland's Russ Springer with a game-winning single to lift the Mariners to an 8-7 victory. Lopez fought off nine two-strike pitches during the at-bat and, right now, it looks like something special is brewing in Seattle. ... Hey, my daughter's softball team won the 12-and-under league championship on Saturday. Yes, congratulations to ... ready ... Batta Batta Bling. You should see some of the other names in the league: How about Batitude? And my favorite, Green Eggs and Slam. ...

Dislikes: Haven't gotten a chance to see Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. The movie should pack 'em in based on the title alone (though I gotta say, with Matthew McConaughey in it, my first thought is, "rental"). Anybody seen it yet? Is it funny?

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Well she was blond and tall
"She was 23
"Brought into the world
"To get the best of me
"And she never paid back
"Half what she stole
"She wanted my money
"So I gave her my soul"

-- Mudcrutch, The Wrong Thing To Do


Posted on: November 10, 2008 3:32 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2008 9:14 pm

Oakland acquires Holliday from Colorado

The ever-unpredictable Oakland Athletics have acquired slugger Matt Holliday from Colorado, sources with knowledge of the talks have confirmed to, CBSSports.com, pending the outfielder's passing a physical examination on Tuesday.

The Rockies will receive outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, left-handed pitcher Greg Smith and closer Huston Street in return, though they may not keep Street. One source said Monday that the Rockies are prepared to turn around and trade him -- though to which team he wasn't sure.

St. Louis, the New York Mets, Detroit, Cleveland and Tampa Bay are among the clubs in the market for a closer this winter, though the Tigers do not appear to be involved with Street.

The early strike for Holliday is a bold move for an Oakland club that finished third in the AL West last year, 24 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Angels.

But the Athletics are attempting to win public support for a new stadium and are telling other clubs that they intend to increase their payroll significantly for 2009 in an effort to contend. The A's opened 2008 with a payroll of about $48 million.

In Holliday, who batted .321 with a .409 on-base percentage, 25 homers and 88 RBI, the Athletics almost certainly are gaining a one-year rental player. Holliday, due $13 million in 2008, rebuffed Colorado's attempts to sign him to a long-term extension and, with Scott Boras as his agent, he is expected to test the free-agent market after the 2009 season.

That, though, fits with some of Oakland's past strategy under general manager Billy Beane, who has mostly eschewed long-term contractual commitments to players because of the A's ever-present financial constraints. He has been aggressive at times, however, in acquiring high-end talent for the short-term.

Pitcher Kevin Appier (1999), outfielder Johnny Damon (2001) and Frank Thomas (2006) all fit under this operating philosophy, but the major difference between them and Holliday is that they were not acquired when the A's were this far off of the pace in the AL West.

Of course, the Athletics figure to have an out, too: If they fall out of the race before the July 31 trade deadline next summer, they'll have a valuable trade chip that Beane can flip for prospects.

While Oakland ratchets things up, clearly, Colorado is in transition mode. Losing Holliday -- general manager Dan O'Dowd informed the slugger of the trade earlier Monday -- leaves a big hole in the middle of Clint Hurdle's lineup.

The Rockies like Gonzalez a lot, but he's a different style of player than Holliday and much younger.

"He can play center field or right field, either place," one scout said. "He's a left-handed hitting prospect, he's only 23 ... he's got a chance to be pretty good."

As for Smith, the scout said, "He actually fits better in the National League, I think. He controls the running game, he's got a good pickoff move, and the guy can hit. I think he'll end up as a No. 5 starter or as a long man in the bullpen."

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