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Rafael Betancourt signs minor league deal with Rockies


The Colorado Rockies officially added an old friend to the roster this weekend. On Friday the team announced a minor league deal with veteran relief pitcher Rafael Betancourt.

Rehabbing from a Tommy John operation that many thought would end Betancourt’s career, the 38-year-old not only plans to pitch in the big leagues again: he would like to do so sometime this season. That might be a long shot, but if Betancourt does pull it off he might make the Rockies look wise for keeping the faith in him during his road back.

Betancourt has been with the team and worked out with them this spring. That made this signing a little bit unique.

This winter Betancourt had the following to say about his comeback:

If I pitch again, it will be with the Rockies. I can’t see myself anywhere else at this point in my career. I have really enjoyed five years there.”

Setting aside skepticism for a moment, Betancourt is an easy guy to cheer for. Here’s hoping he finds his way back and we get to see him pitch effective innings for the Rockies again.

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