Rockies sign Belisle and Flores

November 5, 2009 | 12:20 pm | 10  

With right-handed reliever Matt Belisle and left-handed reliever Randy Flores agreeing to terms with the Rockies on Thursday, it would appear that Joe Bemiel won’t return.

The Rockies would appear ready to go with the left-handed combo of Franklin Morales and Flores in the bullpen.

The Rockies also announced they removed right-handed reliever Joel Peralta and infielder Omar Quintanilla from their 40-man major-league roster. Peralta opted to become a free agent. Quintanilla was placed on the Triple-A Colorado Springs roster.

Belisle, 29, was 3-1 with a 5.52 ERA in 24 appearances with the Rockies in 2009. During the last of this three stints with the Rockies Belisle was 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 12 2/3 innings. He agreed to an $850,000 contract, while Flores’ is for $650,000.

Flores, 34, was 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA in 27 games for Colorado in 2009. He pitched a total of 12 innings in two stints with the Major League club, working less than one inning in 23 of his 27 outings. Flores held left-handed hitters to a .265 opponent’s batting average with one home run. He recorded 14 strikeouts while issuing just a pair of walks. In 38 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Flores went 0-2 with a 4.26 ERA (31.2 ip, 15 er).

Peralta, 33, was 0-3 with a 6.20 ERA in 27 games with the Rockies in 2009.

Quintanilla, 28, hit .172 with two doubles and two RBI in 58 games with Colorado last season. The versatile infielder spent the entire 2009 campaign on the Rockies roster, but had only 58 at-bats and made only five starts at second base and shortstop. Quintanilla has played in all or parts of five seasons with the Rockies (2005-09), totaling 216 games in that span.

The Rockies currently have 38 players on the club’s 40-man roster.


  • ProgMatinee | November 5, 2009 | 2:11 pm

    I was at the game a few years ago that Omar hit the walk off HR. Maybe the least probable thing I ever witnessed while at a game. LOL. He was a fairly steady player in 2008 during those injuries to Tulo and Barmes too. Unfortunately for him (and I suppose fortunately for the Rockies) he simply wasn’t needed in 09. Now EYJr is ready and that means so long Omar.

  • Ryan | November 5, 2009 | 4:35 pm

    How expensive is Beimel that it’s worth it to keep Flores instead? The Rockies just committed to their two worst relievers – why? Guys of that quality grown on trees.

  • Julian | November 5, 2009 | 4:56 pm

    Do you know what the salary amounts are for them?

  • Julian | November 5, 2009 | 5:06 pm

    What do you hear about how rehab is going for Buchholz, Corpas, and Greg Smith? When will each of them be ready to pitch for the Rockies?

  • Reader f/k/a Mike | November 5, 2009 | 10:34 pm

    “Do you know what the salary amounts are for them?”

    It’s being reported as $850,000 for Belisle, with up to $475,000 in incentives, and $650,000 for Flores with $100,000 in incentives.

    So, together they’re likely to make less than Beimel did in 2009.

  • Julian | November 6, 2009 | 10:00 am

    Thanks for that information. Those salary amounts seem reasonable. I know that the Rockies are trying to maintain an overall payroll level, and those salary amounts should fit in with that overall payroll level. I thought that Belisle did a good job in relief and I think that he can also handle the long relief role. Flores was more erratic in his performance, but the Rockies certainly didn’t break the bank to sign him. Might the Rockies add a third lefy reliever if the opportunity arises? BTW, have the Rockies decided that Morales’ future is as a reliever, or would they convert him back to being a starter if something happened to one of the current starters?

  • Tracy Ringolsby | November 6, 2009 | 10:37 am

    Corpas and Smith will be ready at the start of spring training Buchholz will be a mid-season addition.

  • Tracy Ringolsby | November 6, 2009 | 10:39 am

    Ryan, actually Belisle was a completely different pitcher after working with Chuck Kniffin in Colorado Springs.
    The key to signing them was if they didn’t want to fit into the payroll structure where the Rockies were comfortable with them, the Rockies would have left them off the 40-man roster. They sigend and the Rockies move on. Remember only 1/6th of the contracts are guaranteed so if the Rockies were to decide they have better options they can relase them.

  • Wayne | November 6, 2009 | 1:01 pm


    Thanks for the info on the 1/6th guarrantee. I originally thought that they made a mistake giving anything to Flores, but with only a small guarrantee at least he is insurance ioption from the left side if they can’t get Beimel cheaper or find an alternative.

    I happen to think Belise is a good keep based on what he did after returning from the Springs. Kniffin must have gotten through to him mentally, or saw something mechanically that no one caught at the big league level.

  • Julian | November 6, 2009 | 4:31 pm

    I have one more question for you, Tracy. What do you hear about Casey Weather’s rehab? When will he be able to pitch in a game? Once he is healthy, at what level do you think he will play (AA, AAA?)

    Also, could you or one of your colleagues write an article about how our guys are doing in the Arizona Fall League and in other leagues this fall? Thanks.