Rockies add Speier, Gobble

January 28, 2010 | 4:56 pm | 4  

The Colorado Rockies added more depth to their pitching staff Thursday, signing left-hander Jimmy Gobble and former Rockie right-hander Justin Speier to minor-league contracts. Both received invitations to spring training as well.

Gobble, 28, pitched in 12 games with the Chicago White Sox in 2009, compiling a 7.50 ERA before being released in July. His best season was 2007 when he went 4-1 with a 3.02 ERA in 74 appearances with the Kansas City Royals.

Speier, 36, pitched for the Rockies from 2001-03. After four seasons as a dominate late-inning and middle reliever for the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels, Speier’s numbers slipped the past two seasons with the Angels. He went 2-8 with a 5.03 ERA in 2008 and 4-2 with a 5.18 ERA in 2009.

The Rockies also officially announced the signing of Jason Giambi to a one-year, major-league contract, a deal that was reported earlier this week.


  • Jerry R. | January 29, 2010 | 9:41 am

    Speier and Gobble – its nice for them to get a shot at making a club, but I’m hoping Greg Smith (the “forgotten man” in the Holliday trade) is healthy and can regain his 2008 form. That would make these signings irrelevant.

  • Julian | January 29, 2010 | 9:53 am

    I too have wondered if a healthy Greg Smith could make a contribution to the Rockies. If he pitches like he did two years ago, he should be able to at least be a spot starter/long reliever.

  • Wayne | January 31, 2010 | 8:01 am

    I just finished reading an article by Troy Renck in the Denver Post about 2nd base and a seeming interest in finding someone to push Barmes.

    The Rox lost out on Cabrera and Hudson, from what I have read, wants $9 mill per year (ridiculous).

    They are leaning toward Mora, but he’ll be 38 and to me seems too old to push someone.

    Why don’t they look at Adam Kennedy? He has a good OBP, has some pop (11 hrs last season) is a good fielder, hits for some average and is probably cheaper than Cabrera or Hudson.

    This would free up Barmes to be the super utility guy and let EY2 ease in a the position.

  • Reader f/k/a Mike | January 31, 2010 | 12:29 pm

    Fox (not Ringolsby) is reporting the Rockies signed Mora. I don’t see how he pushes Barmes unless they’re thinking of playing Mora at 3rd and moving Stewart to 2nd (and thereby weakening the D in two spots). I can’t imagine they’d play Mora at 2nd in anything other than an emergency at this point in his career. Sounds more like Renck speculation than anything real.

    I think Giambi and now Mora are on guaranteed deals, which makes me wonder what’s up.

    Assuming the Rockies carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players, the 5-man bench consists of the 2 OF’s not starting that day, Olivo at catcher, Giambi, and Mora. If they want to keep EY2 or another middle infield reserve (which seems likely), they either trade an OF or cut Giambi or Mora. I don’t see them going with 11 pitchers, though I suppose they could start the season that way if there enough off-days in April.