We as fans have spent most of the last several months on the ITR and RWO dissecting and analyzing all the players the Rockies have added over the off season. However before actual spring training games start, I thought it would be appropriate to take one last look at the players that have been erased from the Rockies roster since the end of last season.
Several of them frankly will not be missed (Stewart, Wigginton, etc), but there are some fan favorites (Iannetta, Street, etc) on the lists below as well:
First the players that were free agents and lost to the free agent process. Other than Cook and Spilborghs, the rest of these guys were short term rentals so not much attachment there:
1. Aaron Cook – SP Long time Rockie but it was time.
2. Mark Ellis – 2B Nice player but Scutaro makes me forget Ellis quickly.
3. Kevin Kousmanoff – 3B Never really got the bat or glove going.
4. Kevin Millwood – SP Nice veteran starter surprised he left.
5. JC Romero – RP Veteran lefty that seemed to fit the bull pen.
6. Ryan Spilborghs – OF Fan favorite hurt by the injuries.
In addition to the free agents we also lost the players that were traded. In these cases the Rockies made specific decisions that they either had better options, cheaper options, or it was simply time to acknowledge that things were not working out here in Denver :
7. Jason Hammel – SP Had some good starts but also bad ones too.
8. Chris Iannetta – C You likely either loved him or hated him.
9. Matt Lindstrom – RP Veteran releiver that wanted to play in CO?
10. Clay Mortensen – SP Original A;s pitcher – Moscoso? Outman?
11. Kevin Slowey – SP Never threw a pitch as a Rockie!
12. Seth Smith – OF This one could come back to haunt DanO.
13. Ian Stewart – 3B High #1 draft picks don’t always work out.
14. Houston Street – RP See Iannetta (Love him or hate him)!
15. Ty Wigginton – IF There just are no words printable.
My nominees for the “can’t you get out of Denver faster” award would be Wigginton and Slowey (although leaving the Rockies without a pitch ever thrown a pitch is pretty darn impressive!)
Finally for this fan I really am going to really miss Houston Street and Seth Smith. Not great players for sure, but solid MLB ball players none the less.