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The Rockies are chasing free agent starters

Nov 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

Hiroki Kuroda

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are shopping for starting pitching, with Jake Westbrook, Jon Garland and Hiroki Kuroda on the shopping list. Worth remembering that they have their own free agent — Jorge De La Rosa — to consider as well.

It’s been a while since the Rockies made a splash on the free agent pitching market. Denny Neagle and Mike Hampton were a long time ago.  With nice offense, nice defense and a humidor behind them, has the notion that pitchers want no part of Coors Field a thing of the past?  I guess we’ll see.

But I know this much: if the Rockies can bolster that pitching staff they’re going to be a sexy choice in the NL West next season.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 9, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    Shopping or tire kicking? So far, there has been no excitement in the free agent season.

  2. pisano - Nov 9, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Hey , have them contact the Yankees I’m sure they’ll give the Rockies AJ Burnett and they’ll throw Joba in the deal .

  3. Old Gator - Nov 9, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    That headline reminds me of the story of the truckdriver who was tooling merrily down a country road at a comfy 60 mph one afternoon listening to country music – “when ya leave me, walk backerds, so ah think yore comin’ in” – when suddenly he notices in his rearview mirror that this chicken is running along the road behind him and keeping up nicely. So after nearly swallowing his tongue this truckdriver gets a little bit of a grip, stamps down on the pedal and gets his rig up to 65. He looks in the rearview, and sees the chicken has accelerated to keep pace. He presses down harder and gets it up to 70. Chicken keeps right up. Then the chicken sticks out its left wing, moves into the opposite lane, passes his rig at about 75. The chicken gets about two car lengths ahead of him, sticks out its right wing, cuts into his lane and then starts pulling away from him. He’s got this big old diesel cranking up to 90 but he can barely keep up with this chicken. Then he notices way ahead the tip of a silo and the roof of a barn rising above the horizon, and then a farmhouse. Sure enough, the chicken executes an all but impossible 90-degree right turn at 90MPH into the driveway of the farmhouse and vanishes into the yard.

    The truckdriver jams on his brakes, nearly jackknifing his rig, and jumps out of the cab and runs up the farmhouse driveway. The whole farmyard is full of chickens zipping back and forth like Dogpatch shmoos, and every so often one pauses on a fence rail or the seat of a rusting tractor and this truckdriver realizes that every sing one of these chickens have four legs! So he goes and knocks on the door of the farmhouse and this farmer comes out in his dungarees and tea party Uncle Sam shirt and greets him.

    Hidy. We was jest watchin Glenn Beck on the Trailer Park Network. What kin I do fer ye?

    Well, I was driving down the road here and one of your chickens past me like I was standing still, so I got curious and walked in here – hope you don’t mind….

    Aw no, we don’t mind none. Happens a lot, matter of fack.

    Well I see that all of your chickens have four legs. What’s…what’s going on here?

    Well, that ain’t complercated. Ye see, me n’ the wife and our nine kids, we all really like dark meat. So we jest bred us up a batch of four legged chickens.

    The truck driver is astonished and can’t think of anything to say. Really? Well…do they taste good?

    The farmer shrugs. We don’t know, he says. We ain’t been able to catch one yet.

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