Rockies, Lindstrom avoid arbitration with deal

January 17, 2011 | 1:01 pm | 3  

The Colorado Rockies and reliever Matt Lindstrom, acquired from the Houston Astros in December for a pair of minor-leaguers, have agreed to a two-year contract according to the team’s Twitter feed. Terms were not released.

Lindstrom, who turns 31 next month, was 2-5 with 23 saves and a 4.39 ERA for the Astros in 2010. He was eligible for arbitration for a second time this offseason. The deal buys out his final two years of arbitration and he could be a free agent after the 2012 season, but the deal reportedly includes a club option for 2013.

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  • Mike Raysfan | January 17, 2011 | 2:18 pm

    Good to hear

  • Robb | January 18, 2011 | 12:44 pm

    I like that the Rockies are spending money this year, however, not sure why they went to a multi-year deal for Lindstrom at this point. Couldn’t they have gotten him into spring training for a few weeks just to see what they got first? Maybe sign him to a one-year deal with an agreement to reopen talks later about extra years being added.

  • Dustin | January 18, 2011 | 3:34 pm

    I like the lindstrom deal. This guy has a big time power arm and I believe he will excel in our system. He adds protection for the last three innings in case of injury. He has closing experience and I believe this deal was a good one for the club. Power arms are not a dime a dozen.

    He is my favorite pick up this off season.