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Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt drawing interest from A’s, Braves, Blue Jays, Rangers, Angels

Jul 30, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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Colorado is on pace for the worst season in franchise history, so it makes sense that the Rockies would be trying to deal veterans for prospects and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that closer Rafael Betancourt could be on the move.

According to Renck the A’s, Braves, Blue Jays, Rangers, and Angels have shown interest in Betancourt, adding that “Oakland has been aggressive.”

Betancourt has been fantastic for the Rockies since coming over in a mid-2009 trade from the Indians, throwing 187 innings with a 2.98 ERA and spectacular 229/31 K/BB ratio despite calling Coors Field home. However, he’s also 37 years old and owed $4.25 million next season, with a $4.25 million option or $250,000 buyout for 2014.

That’s certainly a reasonable enough salary to make Betancourt attractive to contenders as a closer or even a setup man, and if the Rockies are committed to a full-scale rebuilding effort trading a 37-year-old reliever definitely makes sense.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Not sure about the Jays being interested; however, they could use another arm in the pen.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    I just want to applaud Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin from Aurora, Colorado.

  3. stackers1 - Jul 30, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    If he’s 37 years old, you can’t count the Yankees out. However, they might want to wait a year or two before making there move.

  4. myedayok - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Gotta agree the Jays wouldn’t spend to much on him. He would only be an extra arm in the bullpen seeing as Janssen has done a great job taking over as closer. Can’t see them upsetting the apple cart in that department.

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