The Colorado Rockies finished the 2012 season with very few potential free agents. They traded Jeremy Guthrie and Marco Scutaro during the season, leaving them with just four free agents and a roster full of young players who remain under team control.
Here is a look at the players who finished the season with the Rockies who are now eligible for free agency:
The only current free agent position player coming out of the 2012 season for the Rockies is Jason Giambi. Giambi is a fan favorite who for four years has been a force off the bench late in games. He is 41, however, and he is coming off a season in which he appeared in just 60 games. While Giambi would love to keep playing, it is highly unlikely that the team will consider bringing him back as a player. The slugger recently interviewed with the team for their managerial opening, however, providing an interesting twist to the situation and the first baseman's possible future.
The 2012 pitching staff gives the team a little more to think about. Jeff Francis will be a free agent after joining the team in June on a one-year contract. He finished the season 6-7 with a 5.58 ERA. He is unlikely to rejoin the Rockies, but he may find himself at the backend of a team's rotation in 2013.
Matt Belisle was a reliable veteran out of the bullpen in 2012, providing valuable leadership for the younger members of the pitching staff. He could be back, but the Rockies may be wary simply because bullpens are so hard to predict. This year's lights-out reliever may very well be next year's disaster.
Jonathan Sanchez came over in July for Guthrie. He was once an up-and-coming superstar with the Giants, even pitching a no-hitter in 2009. But he has struggled with injuries and consistency for the past two years and seems risky to re-sign.
Jorge De La Rosa is the most intriguing of the bunch. He is coming off Tommy John surgery, and carries an $11 million player option. He will almost certainly exercise the option because he will not find another team willing to pay him that amount of money. If he can come back strong from surgery this spring, he has the potential to be the ace of this very young staff.
Corey DeFelice was born and raised in Colorado, and has been a Rockies fan since he was watching the brand new team play in old Mile High Stadium.
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