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Garrett Atkins: 'I'll be on another team next year'

Nov 20, 2009, 11:45 AM EDT

For now at least the Rockies have held off on releasing Garrett Atkins, but the veteran third baseman admitted yesterday that he sees zero chance of remaining in Colorado: “I know that I’ll be on another team next year and I’m just getting ready to have a good season.”
Atkins’ performance has declined significantly in each of the past three seasons, leading to a career-worst .226/.308/.342 line in 399 plate appearances while losing his starting job this year.
He earned $7 million for that awful production and would be in line for a similar salary in 2010 via arbitration, so expect the Rockies to non-tender him next month. In the meantime they’ll keep him on the 40-man roster in the hopes of finding a taker via trade, but presumably there are no teams dumb enough to actually give up something of value in trade for the right to massively overpay Atkins.
Beyond his awful performance this season, Atkins is a career .252/.324/.411 away from Coors Field, turns 30 years old in a few weeks, and has always graded out poorly on defense at third base. And if for some crazy reason there’s still a team out there willing to pay a premium for that, they surely realize that the Rockies have no intention of actually keeping Atkins around long enough to go to arbitration.
Unless some team makes the mistake of trading for him before then, Atkins will be a free agent by December 12.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 20, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    I started to wonder if maybe global warming might be part of Atkins’ problem, but it occurred to me that if the air in Denver was warmed it would become lighter, so more pronounced resistance to Atkins’ quails wouldn’t account for all his fly balls taken in the infield.
    All that notwithstanding, Atkins is exactly the sort of player that the skinflint management of the Marlins loves – previously damaged or outworn, headed for the scrapheap, but with maybe one more surprisingly good season left to be coaxed out of him, and obtainable at bargain rates. He would give the Feesh the excuse they are doubtless looking for to unload Jorge Cantu before some goddamned arbitrator orders the team to cough up his actual market value. And who knows? Breathing that richly oxygenated sea level air might just be the invigorating influence Atkins needs to get his fly balls out of the infield again.

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