Tag:Ubaldo Jimenez
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:31 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 11:23 am

Valuable Cargo

The Rockies have had a huge off season locking up Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez to long term deals and coming to terms with Jorge De La Rosa.  If the huge seasons Cargo and Troy put together last year are an indication of things to come, then the Rockies will not only continue to be competitive with great run support but will have candidates for MVP and batting titles as well. 

The De La Rosa deal went through fairly quietly in the mainstream sports media, but the analysts tauted Jorge as a starting free agent pitching prospect second only to Cliff Lee this off-season before both players signed new deals.  Ubaldo Jimenez is still under contract through 2014.  What the Rockies are setting up is a blue print for long term success.  Many have considered the Phillies and the Red Sox to be the big off-season winners, but the Rockies are keeping their own talent intact and are securing their future without spending the money that Philiadelphia and Boston have thrown at free agents this year.

Doubters will worry that injuries or drops in productivity make signing these long term deals a bad choice for the Rockies, but with guaranteed salaries it's a risk inherent to the MLB.  Rockies fans have long bemoaned their ownership for being cheapskates, so as a fan it's hard not to find these mid size long term deals to be extremely attractive.
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