Rockies Sign Chris Volstad

Looking to bolster their rotation with “veterans”, the Rockies today signed Chris Volstad to a minor league deal worth $1.5 million with an invitation to spring training.

Volstad, who went 3-12 with an ERA of 6.31 with the Cubs last season, will look to regain his form that saw go 12-9 with the Marlins in 2010.

0 0 vote
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
22 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Now I see that the Rockies have offered Torrealba a minor league deal. I guess my joke about 2007 nostalgia joining 1995 nostalgia wasn’t a joke after all. This has been the most depressing offseason ever. Not even like last year when I could whine about shelling out big money for a mediocre player like Cuddyer. No. This is more like the pre-2007 days when our offseasons featured acquisitions like Desi Relaford and Dustan Mohr and Jeff Fassero and Nelson… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Why would they need another catcher? Baby Bull, Hernandez, Pacheco, and others. Huh?

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Matt Holliday was the one player that should have been brought back is considered unaffordable, yet they go and sign Cuddyer to a deal that is only like $5 or $6m a year less per year.

Trip
Trip
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

You’re not the only one that considers this a depressing off season

http://mlb.sbnation.com/2013/1/22/3900750/colorado-rockies-derek-lowe-rumors-news?sct=hp_t12_a10

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago

Wasn’t he a Rockies killer? Maybe they figure if they hire all the Rockies killers there won’t be any mediocre players left to embarrass them.

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
7 years ago

I’m going to be contrarian and say I’m glad they haven’t made any big moves. While the team needs to get better (or lose more than 100), I don’t believe this “brain trust” is the management team to accomplish anything positive. These guys would trade a Cargo, or Tulo, or even Fowler, and end up with garbage. So we’re better off (in my estimation) keeping the solid, known pieces we have, and hoping the owners get disgusted and finally get… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

Desperate for a glimmer of hope,I noted that the Post said Volstad was only 26 years old.Thus,the old bromide:”he has potentially a major upside.”

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

I read the article that Trip posted. I completely agree with it. It’s been a depressing offseason. And I can’t figure out why the Rockies wouldn’t trade Cuddyer for a starting pitcher. It doesn’t make any sense.

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
7 years ago

I would agree that the winter activities are making us a little depressed, but consider the market this year. There were only a couple of studs that were available at prices out of the Rockies’ range. And then there were the scrap heap players. There were virtually no players, especially pitchers, that fall between stud and scrap heap levels. I wouldn’t have traded Cuddyer, Fowler, or someone for a middle tier pitcher that may not pan out (see Jeremy Guthrie).… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Good point on Hammel, RMH. I hope you’re right. What I’m depressed about is the complete lack of a plan. This year’s Rockies need too many pieces to realistically think about competing, not when our NL West competitors all got better. So let’s get some young talent. Wheeler was an o.k. acquisition, and who knows, maybe he’ll catch fire. But we didn’t acquire any other player with upside. In fact we gave up Alex White, who will probably never be… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Wade Davis

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

My memory bank think it was down to Hammel and Jon Niemann.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Jeff Niemann was in fact one of the 3 names tossed around by some. There was little doubt though that Hammel would be the one. Not one of Maddon’s favorites and that is being kind. They pretty much gave Hammel away. No way Maddon wanted Davis to go but there was the whole value/return thing. Niemann just came up in 08 and projected to have a HUGE upside which he did in 09

IggyRox
IggyRox
7 years ago

Yorvit Torrealba just tweeted that he has signed a 1 year deal with the Rockies. I like it. Wonder if this means Ramon is gone. DOD asking for Whitey Ford in return.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

I was hoping they were going to sign Yogi.After his Mets experience in the 60’s he could at least make our impending last place finish memoribly laughable rather than just pitiful.Does anyone else feel like the rest of the division has made expotential leaps ahead of the do nothing Rockies?

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

“Does anyone else feel like the rest of the division has made expotential leaps ahead of the do nothing Rockies?” Yes and no, Gary. Dodgers: all in for 2013. Lots of old guys with ticking time bomb contracts, but so far a seemingly bottomless pit of money to work with. Kind of like the Yankees of the past decade. Giants: pretty much standing pat. They’re getting older too, and they’ve outperformed their projections before. Looking kind of like an 84… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Thanks Ag.As usual you are cerebral while I am all emotions and impatience.In essence,regardless of the other teams moves,the Rockies have been completely impotent and clueless.Even with fan indifference I think a trade of Cargo or Tulo would cause a revolt among even the casual fan who has no knowledge of the kind of thoughtful discourse so often exhibited on this site.My much less knowledgeable[ie.more casual fan] take is that the D-backs[plan or no] have improved a bunch,the Dodgers a… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Yep … I think the Rockies are banking on the absolute best from the missing guys last season.

If you believe twitter, rss, etc then you see the geriatric crowd that is being alleged the Rockies continue to have interest in. Of course the Renck is behind a good portion of that.

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

I agree. There’s no apparent plan. The best that I can come up with is that if you keep the redundant pieces that we have (lots of pretty good outfielders and infielders and extra catchers) and they all stay healthy, maybe other teams will need pieces and during spring training they will trade us pretty good, but not great, starting pitchers for pretty good, but not great, position players. That’s not much of a plan. Or, maybe the plan is… Read more »

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
7 years ago

There’s a discussion over on Hardballtalk that Arizona is shooting for guys with “grit” and that is why they traded away Upton. Apparently not gritty enough. They want an all grit team to be like their manager. Maybe we can trade some “good clubhouse guy” for some “grit guy.” Maybe we can get a player who plays with a lot of heart to be named later. Remember the “plan” is to get good guys to play with us. Not good,… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
7 years ago

In this respect Thistle brings up an interesting point – what would the Rockies current plan be without the successes that the team somewhat recently achieved in 2007 and 2009? Just my opinion but my wild guess is that the Rockie fan base would be down substantially (read that as lower attendance and substantially less revenue) with remaining fans demanding change on all fronts from players to front office – 20 years WITHOUT one division title. Now remember that those… Read more »

22
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x