The Colorado Rockies have already been hammered by injuries in spring training this year. They have had injuries to Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela, Brendan Rodgers, Scott Oberg, and Tyler Kinley thus far in spring.
Senzatela will be ready for Opening Day this week and Kinley looks to be on pace for it but the injuries have highlighted how little depth the Rockies have currently, and, frankly, the depth they have had for decades.
There are some other teams that signed veterans as non-roster invitees and, in the last few days, released them so the Rockies could help their depth issues, somewhat, by signing a few of these players and give the Rockies a few veterans either on the MLB team and/or at the alternate training site.
So here are five of those recently released players that may be intriguing on the Rockies.
Tony Watson is a veteran, left-handed reliever and not the only one on our list. Watson has some familiarity with the NL West as the 35-year-old former All-Star has sent parts of the last four seasons in the division with the Dodgers and Giants.
He struggled a bit in 2019 (4.17 ERA in 60 games) but in 2018 and 2020, he pitched to a 2.59 and 2.50 ERA in 72 and 21 games. In 2020, his strikeout rate was lower than 2018 his walk rate was even better (1.9 BB/9 in 2018 and 1.5 BB/9 in 2020).
Watson was released by the Phillies after pitching to a 7.20 ERA in spring but if 2020 is any indicator, he could still help in the bullpen for a major league team.