Betancourt Contract Extended

Today the rockies decided to execute Rafael Betancourt’s mutual option, extending his time with the team through 2014.  The deal is worth $8.5 million ($4.25 million in 2013 and 2014).  As reported in ESPN Deportes, Betancourt is happy with the deal:

Basically, the Rockies executed the mutual option I had in my contract for 2013 and added another in 2014, which guarantees me work for the next two years and the possibility of a third followed in Colorado,” said Betancourt. “I prefer [security] first, I am happy the deal.

Betancourt will turn 37 this april and is looking to become the Rockies closer after Huston Street was traded to the Padres during the off-season.  Last season he had a 2.89 ERA with 10.5 K/9 and 1.2 BB/9 in 62 1/3 innings, saving eight games.

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

Age don’t mean much for closer as long as you can bring heat with pinpoint accuracy. See Mo Rivera.

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

I’m a bit surprised that they extended to 2014. Betancourt will be pretty old by then, and there’s a chance that he will have lost the closer’s job to Brothers or someone else by then.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

I love it. This is what they should have done following 07 with Fuentes instead of giving Corpas an early raise and letting Fuentes walk after 08. Fuentes in 09 would have shut the Phillies down in the playoffs…but I digress.

Even if Brothers does prove to be a closer it doesn’t hurt to have 2 guys that can either be the 8th inning or the 9th. Having 2 solid late inning guys in not a luxury its a MUST.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

Worth every penny.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

I’d normally be hesitant about extending a guy of Betancourt’s age, but he certainly does seem ageless. He was a converted infielder, right? I guess that’s why he’s a low mileage 1999 Honda that’ll run forever. Nothing exciting, but the model of reliability.

Eric M.
Eric M.
8 years ago

And let’s face it, 4.25 million is very affordable for a closer. I think it’s more in line with set up money. So, whether it’s him or Brothers, I don’t think they’ll be overpaying for him. Good extension. On a side note, however, I will ask…is anyone else as surprised as I am at Betancourt’s success over his career? I don’t think I can remember seeing a straighter fastball (which he throws roughly 75-80% of the time.) I understand he’s… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Eric M.

Eric, I think we saw some teeing off last year, and a lot of fouling off too, but then RB adjusted and became a stud again. Maybe someone can refresh my memory, but he added a second pitch, right? Was it a change-up or slider?

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Eric M.

And even a strait pitch is hard to hit when it’s at 95 mph and down and away, a “bitch pitch” as Ed would say. It seemed like good hitters would try to just foul as many of those off as they could and hope for one a little more over the plate. For Raphael it’s all about location.

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago

agree Miketober…I think his pinpoint accuracy is exceptional. How many strikeouts has he had that the hitter took a called 3rd strike. He works inside very well and not afraid to challenge hitters. While he extends the inning with his pre-pitch routine, he rarely has a high pitch count.
This was a postive step for the club. There are enough arms (Brothers and lindstrom) to provide some rest.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Having Bentancourt is a good thing. I wish they would develop Rogers as a flame throwing closer. He could fit that roll pretty well. He’s definitely capable of an inning of flame throwing if he could get a grip on his control.

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