Morning Links: Rockies News 12/3


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Last night the non-tender deadline for arbitration-eligible players passed. The Colorado Rockies tendered contracts to the following players:

That left Mitchell Boggs as the odd man out. Here’s what else is happening with the Rockies and around the rest of the league:

From Patrick Saunders: Mitchell Boggs non-tendered by Rockies; Justin Morneau on radar (Denver Post)

"The only player the Rockies non-tendered was right-handed pitcher Mitchell Boggs. The Rockies were looking into a possible trade Monday night but a deal did not come together. At age 29, Boggs has an upside, but the Rockies weren’t willing to gamble on him in arbitration…“…The Rockies acquired Boggs from St. Louis on July 9 in exchange for cash considerations. Boggs made nine appearances for the Rockies, going 0-0 with a 3.12 ERA.”"

From Troy Renck (via Twitter)

From Chris Hannum: Trying to Rationalize the Fister Trade (Motor City Bengals)

"So maybe, maybe, the Tigers rotation doesn’t really get any worse by replacing Fister with Smyly. Maybe the Tigers bullpen doesn’t really get any worse by replacing Smyly with Krol. Maybe Lombardozzi is a half-a-win better on the bench than Danny Worth would have been and maybe he’s a head and shoulders above any other emergency option at second or third. Maybe though we feel Fister should have brought a lot more, that’s all in our heads – what matters is his value on the market not his stats.”"

From Sean Davis: Athletics Bolster Rotation, Ink Scott Kazmir (Swingin’ A’s)

"In a move that likely signals the end of the Bartolo Colon era, the Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with free agent pitcher Scott Kazmir on a 2 year pact worth a reported $22M.  ESPN’s Jim Bowden first reported the deal was done.  Essentially the money that the A’s were dangling out there in their pursuit of Tim Hudson will now go to Kazmir.”"