The best players to play a year or less for the Colorado Rockies

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 19: Roy Oswalt #44 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field on September 19, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Cardinals defeated the Rockies 7-6. (Photo by Rob Leiter/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 19: Roy Oswalt #44 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field on September 19, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Cardinals defeated the Rockies 7-6. (Photo by Rob Leiter/Getty Images) /
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Jose Mesa, Colorado Rockies
LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 3: Jose Mesa of the Colorado Rockies pitches during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on September 3, 2006. The Rockies defeated the Dodgers 12-5. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

Colorado Rockies middle reliever Mike Timlin

Right-handed reliever Mike Timlin spent parts of 18 seasons in the majors from 1991 through 2008. He never pitched in the majors with the Rockies but made six minor league appearances with them in the span of 2 1/2 weeks in late July and early August of 2009 before he called it a career.

Timlin is 8th all-time in games pitched with 1058 MLB appearances with a 3.63 ERA, a 125 ERA+, and a 19.0 career rWAR. Timlin has the distinction of never playing with the New York Yankees but still being on four World Series-winning teams (1992-1993, 2004, 2007).

Colorado Rockies set-up man Jose Mesa

Jose Mesa is right behind Timlin in appearances as he is 12th on the all-time list with 1022. He spent parts of 19 seasons in the majors from 1987 through 2007. He was a set-up man for the Colorado Rockies in 2006 (79 appearances, 3.86 ERA).

In his career, he had a 4.36 ERA (100 ERA+) but once he became a full-time reliever in 1994, he had a 3.97 ERA (114 ERA+). In 1995 for Cleveland, he had a 1.13 ERA with an MLB-leading 46 saves for the AL Champs. He was an All-Star, came in 2nd in Cy Young Award voting, and 4th in MVP voting. He was an All-Star in 1996 as well.

He had a career 11.4 rWAR.

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