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Rockies “negotiating with” veteran starter Rodrigo Lopez

Jan 27, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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In an effort to add some rotation depth the Rockies “are negotiation with” right-hander Rodrigo Lopez, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com.

Lopez pitched for the Rockies in 2007, going 5-4 with a 4.42 ERA in 14 starts before blowing out his elbow. He missed all of 2008 and spent most of the 2009 at Triple-A, returning to the majors with Arizona last season while going 7-16 with a 5.00 ERA in 200 innings.

Lopez is 35 years old and would likely enter spring training no higher than sixth on the Rockies’ rotation depth chart after leading the league in losses (16), homers allowed (37), and earned runs allowed (111) in 2010. He’s presumably available for a minor-league deal.

  1. BC - Jan 27, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    What’s there to negotiate?
    “Dude, here’s a $100,000 contract. And get my donuts and coffee every morning, and look at the wax build-up on those shoes! This is fine leather! I want that wax stripped off! I want them creamed and buffed with a fine chamois!”

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