Rockies sign Belisle and Flores
With right-handed relieverand 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 ofand 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.