Three Strikes: Arbitration, Lansford, Second Base
The Rockies offered arbitration to free agent left-handed starter, and right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel. That means if the Rockies don’t re-sign either they will receieve three top draft choices in what will be a talented 2011 June draft.
De La Rosa is a Type A free agent. If he accepts arbitration, the Rockies will have him back for one year. The salary could be steep, but it’s only a one-year commitment so that isn’t as big a deal. If he signs with another team the Rockies will get the team’s first-round draft choice if that team had one of the top 15 records in the big leagues last year or it’s second-round choice if the team had one of the bottom 15 records. The Rockies also will receive a supplemental pick between the first and second round.
Dotel is a Type B free agent. To offer him arbitration, the Rockies had to have an agreement he won’t re-sign. That means they will get a supplemental pick between the first and second rounds when he signs with another team. The fact the signing team won’t lose one of its own draft choices won’t discourage a team from signing Dotel
Hitting coach Carney Lansford face a challenge he embraces. The reason he was hired and Don Baylor was let go is that the Rockies are concerned about the lack of progress for prospects, and . Lansford had success with the three when he was hitting coach at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Let go in San Francisco two years ago for being “too intense,” Lansford is a known commodity to the Rockies and their prospects. The Rockies need to give Lansford a chance to work with the trio before doing anything drastic. That, after all, is the reason Lansford is with the team.
Withgone, the second base job is wide open. As much as the Rockies are enamored with the speed Eric Young, Jr., brings to the game, he will have to show marked defensive improvement and an ability to get on base consistently to claim the bulk of the playing time. would seem to be the leader in the early talks about the bulk of the playing time at second. He proved last year he is a winning player, brings plus defense and provides switch-hitting offensive skills. The sleeper is , who has run-producing potential. So far, however, it is only potential.