Rockies add Garner to 40-man roster

November 2, 2010 | 9:13 am | 13  

The Colorado Rockies have recalled outfielder Cole Garner from Triple-A Colorado Springs and added him to the 40-man roster, according to the transactions at

Garner, who will turn 26 in December, was a 26th-round pick in 2003 and moved through the Rockies system one level at time starting in 2005. He emerged as a major-league outfield prospect with a strong 2010 season at Colorado Springs when he hit .304 with 13 home runs and 61 RBI. covered Garner’s situation and potential as a major-leaguer in depth in our October farm report. Garner was eligible to become a minor-league free agent in the Rockies didn’t add him to the 40-man roster within five days of the World Series.



  • fred | November 2, 2010 | 10:01 am

    a 26 year old rookie

  • Steve Foster | November 2, 2010 | 10:07 am

    Ryan Spilborghs was a 26-year-old rookie, too.

  • Mike Raysfan | November 2, 2010 | 11:38 am

    Is this more of the same added to the 40 man? Seems like the Rockies want to keep him. With the growing list of available players I suspect something will give.

    Since the humidor is before my time of being a Rockies fan, if for some reason or circumstance the humidor does get shut down, how much of an affect could it have on who stays and who goes? I’m sure it could have some affect on a pitcher making a decision.

  • Steve Foster | November 2, 2010 | 12:07 pm

    Adding Garner gives them some room to maneuver with their current major-league outfielders. I expect Garner to be a candidate for the final roster spot out of spring training, but will more likely to a midseason addition if needed, much the way Spilborghs was back in 2006 when he was outplaying more prominent prospects and earned a promotion. But all of this will depend on what other moves the team makes.

    Interesting question on the humidor. While I think there’s some lingering irritation over the way the Rockies introduced the humidor without telling anyone, MLB doesn’t want baseball in Denver to go back to the ridiculous way it played in the ’90s anymore than the Rockies organization does. The leveling effect the humidor had has made the ballpark less troublesome for opposing pitchers and less likely that a team will leave Denver needing bullpen reinforcments for their next series. So I don’t expect it to get shut down — the issue seems to finding a system for monitoring of baseballs after the Giants’ complaint. If, hypothetically, it ever were shut down, I don’t think you’d see any immediate changes in the personnel, but maybe over time you’d see a greater emphasis power hitters and power pitchers.

  • Rich M | November 2, 2010 | 12:33 pm

    Really like Jay Payton’s game, but this move with Garner tells me that Payton will not be back with the Rockies in 2011.

  • C Thistle | November 2, 2010 | 1:27 pm

    From the internet:

    “The average age of a rookie in Major League Baseball during the 2000s has been approximately 24 years old.

    According to a story in the New York Times dated September 4, 2005, the average for that year was 24.2, the same as it had been in 1991, 1952, 1948, 1938, 1928 and even 1903. The story further noted that the average for the decade up to that point was 24.4, the highest ever.”

    I was curious after watching SF’s Posey (23), Linsecum and Cain (both 26) and Bumgarner (21!) win the Series.

  • ProgMatinee | November 2, 2010 | 1:33 pm

    did this have a corresponding deactivation or was there already an opening? Thanks.

  • Steve Foster | November 2, 2010 | 2:06 pm

    Nothing was announced, so I’m just working off memory and the roster on the website. It doesn’t look like any is missing from the roster who was’t there yesterday. The Rockies had outrighted Paul Phillips off the roster right after the end of the season and I think that left a spot open on the 40-man. Several spots will open on the 40-man in the next few days, however, as players like De La Rosa, Mora and Giambi declare free agency. Then the Rockies will add a few more names to the 40-man like Pacheco and Rosario among a handful of others.

  • Eric W. | November 3, 2010 | 8:52 am

    Hey Steve- I was wondering since Brandon Webb is unlikely to be back in Arizona, could the Rockies sign him? Could the Rockies go after someone like Webb or say Ben Sheets to try to get lightning in a boddle there to have of a rotation of Jimenez, Chacin, Sheets or Webb, Cook, Francis or someone like Jake Westbrook, Javier Vasquez, or James Shields more realistic?

  • Eric W. | November 3, 2010 | 8:53 am

    Hammel would be added forgot about that and who do you think the Rockies will get as a right handed bat to back up Todd Helton at first?

  • Steve Foster | November 3, 2010 | 9:51 am

    Someone like Webb is a realistic option for the Rockies depending on what he kind of deal he’s looking for, but I given Sheets’ history I doubt there will be much interest there. Beyond shopping for bargains among free agents, I expect the Rockies to pursue a trade for someone along the lines of Shields before they would get involved with the second-tier free agents like Westbrook. There are a lot of No. 3 or 4 starters out there among free agents, but even if the Rockies bring back De La Rosa, they really need an innings-eating No. 2. They might find that in a trade.

    Not sure what they’ll do at first base, but someone like Ty Wigginton or Jose Lopez who can play multiple positions is good bet.

  • ProgMatinee | November 3, 2010 | 1:44 pm

    Just spit balling, but signing Pedro Martinez wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world, IMO.

  • Doctor_Christopher | November 3, 2010 | 9:38 pm

    I asked the question towards the end of the season of Tracy and some of the ESPN guys if the changes in baseball – moving away from older FA, end of steroids, etc, – would mean the return of younger rookies, and the feeling was that many teams, like the Rockies, would remain cautious with talent, still waiting til 24,25, or 26 year old seasons. Garner seems a year late, but there is still a few years before he “maxs out” his talent (assuming 28-30). The problem is that Garner does not do anything well enough – power, speed, average – to make you think that he is anymore than a 4th outfielder. And given some of the regression these past two years, they really need someone to go beyond expectations.

    Was thinking the same thing about Webb – assuming his shoulder has anything left – that sinker and his success in the West makes him a good match. As I wrote earlier, first priority has to be get DLR signed, and then if they could sign a guy who can fit the 2-4 spot, eat 200 innings, and match-up well against at least 2 of the 3 West contenders, than this team has a real chance. As the ITR guys pointed out in their positional review, there is talent there most places but it does seem like their rotation is one or two players short of being able to go toe to toe with the Giants, Pads, and Dodgers.

    Declining the Olivio and Francis options should mean there is extra money. There is talent in the minors for a trade. Lets see if Dan O and the team can find some win-win situations out there the next three months. If the Giants can win a WS, we know that 20th and Blake is just waiting for its own parade.