Rockies could keep Rogers longer than expected
made the Rockies Opening Day roster because manager wanted a reliever capable of working multiple innings. The Rockies did not feel Justin Speier could provide that.
The assumption at the time was Rogers’ time on the roster would be short-term. The thought was he would be sent back to Triple-A Colorado Springs when leftyshows he is ready to handle the work routine, which should be within the next two weeks.
Don’t be so quick. Beimel is a situational lefty, not a long reliever. If keeping Rogers was built around the need for a long man, a role the Rockies had expected Greg Smith to fill until he had to move into the rotation, than it would seem to be a contradiction to send him out when Beimel is activated. That would, after all, leave the Rockies without a long reliever.
Rogers, and fellow right-handed relieversand are the relievers with options. Could the Rockies have to do soul-searching about Corpas sitaution when it comes time to make an adjustment to the bullpen? Would he benefit, possibly, from a refresher course? Corpas is guaranteed $6.5 million combined this year and next year, but the Rockies are in a chance to win a pennant and are past the stage of making roster decisions based off who makes what.
SMITH WAS only 7-16 with Oakland two years ago, but do consider that the A’s averaged only 2.88 runs per start for Smith, which was the worst support in the majors for a pitcher in any season during the last decade. Second lowest support was Kip Wells with Pittsburgh in 2005 at 3.07 runs per start.
Smith does little things to help himself. He did not commit an error in 2008, and he had 16 pickoffs, which is the most for a pitcher since 1987, the first year that the stat on pickoffs was officially maintained.