Rockies designate Alburquerque for assignment

April 27, 2010 | 5:56 pm | 7  

To make room for Paul Phillips and Juan Rincon on the 40-man roster, the Colorado Rockies made two moves Tuesday afternoon. Minor-league reliever Al Alburquerque, who the Rockies received from the Chicago Cubs last season for Jeff Baker, was designated for assignment and Greg Reynolds was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

Phillips, Rincon and Jhoulys Chacin were added to the active roster before Tuesday’s game. Chacin was already on the team’s 40-man roster.


  • Agbayani | April 27, 2010 | 7:51 pm

    Strikes me as pretty silly. Alburquerque is supposed to be a reasonably good candidate as a MLB left reliever. He’s behind Matt Reynolds on the farm depth chart right now, but both will have their shot soon.

    So why risk losing him for the minimal value of bringing up Paul Phillips?
    If Iannetta “needs” time at AAA, couldn’t that time start on, say, Monday, after Esmil Rogers (already on the 40 man) takes Rincon’s place? Or for the possibility of squeezing 2-3 garbage time innings (max) out of Rincon if the next couple starters blowing up in the early innings (one of whom is Ubaldo, so what were the chances of that)?

    Weird moves, pretty uncharacteristic of Dan O’Dowd, who usually manages the 40-man roster thing with the best of them. Then again, he did waste a roster spot on Omar Quintanilla for risk of losing him, only to find out that nobody else really wanted him …

  • ProgMatinee | April 28, 2010 | 7:47 am

    Why was Alburquerque on the 40 man to begin with, thats what I don’t get…

  • TJ | April 28, 2010 | 9:14 am

    I think the Rox would have lost (or risked losing) Alburquerque had they not added him to the 40 man roster this offseason. I’m also pretty sure he’s right handed.

  • Rich M | April 29, 2010 | 9:08 am

    Although he pitched decent at AA last yeat, my thought is that Alburquerque has not pitched well early on this year at AA Tulsa. So the chances that someone else would pick him up at this point are pretty slim. He is basically the same pitcher as Escalana as a right handed reliever – however neither is a likely MLB closer candidate, and they started Escalana at AAA this season.

    If your comment is that the Rockies basically got nothing for Baker (who I liked a lot) you are exactly right! There are several right handed relievers ahead of Alburquerque on the Rockies minor league pecking list.

  • Cisco Kid | April 29, 2010 | 11:48 am

    When will we know if Alburquerque was or was not picked up by another team?

  • Trey | April 29, 2010 | 3:01 pm

    Is Greg Reynolds going to pitch this year? Tough luck for the former number one draft pick!

  • Tracy Ringolsby | May 2, 2010 | 8:28 am

    Greg Reynolds is getting close to going on a rehab assignment. He was actually throwing well in spring training and then one day, throwing batting practice, took a line drive off his right elbow, which set him back again.