Seven Rockies players file for free agency
The window for major league teams to negotiate exclusively with their free agents passed over the weekend and players are now free to talk to any team. Seven Colorado Rockies players are now on the open market:
- RHP Octavio Dotel
- OF Jay Payton
The Rockies would be in line for draft-pick compensation if they offer arbitration to two of their free agents — De La Rosa and Dotel — and the players sign elsewhere. De La Rosa, a Type-A free agent, would bring the signing team’s first- or second-round pick and a supplemental first-round pick. Dotel, a Type-B free agent, would bring a supplemental first-rounder. The Rockies have until Nov. 23 to decide whether they will offer arbitration to any of their free agents and players have another week to decide to accept or reject it. If either De La Rosa or Dotel signed elsewhere before the arbitration deadline, the Rockies would receive draft-pick compensation. The team will certainly offer arbitration to De La Rosa, but it’s uncertain whether they would do so with Dotel and risk bringing him back next season at close to $4 million.
With the free agent filings, the Rockies currently have 33 players on their 40-man roster. A number of key prospects will need to be added to the roster this offseason or else be exposed to all other teams in the Rule V draft. Among them:, Parker Frazier, , , and .