It is true that the Colorado Rockies placed relief pitcher Manny Corpas on waivers to make room on the 40-man roster. However, now that the right-hander has cleared waivers, should the Rockies consider a move to bring him back in 2014?
The good news is Corpas would love nothing more than to return to Colorado next season, which is always a huge plus when re-signing a free agent.
“I like it here and I know a lot of people here, and I live in Denver and it’ll be better for me to get ready for next year, but we’ll see,” Corpas said, according to Rockies.com.
The right-hander posted a 1-2 record with a 4.54 earned run average, 30 strikeouts, three holds, 0.3 wins above replacement and a .255 opponent batting average in 31 appearances in 2013.
The fact that the Rockies’ bullpen ranked dead last in the National League in earned run average (4.23) and opponent batting average (.270) makes Corpas a risky signing. Obviously, he directly attributed to these horrendous numbers.
With that being said, Colorado’s relievers also ranked first in innings pitched (555 2/3) and third in strikeouts. Corpas was responsible for 41 2/3 of those innings, while he posted a decent 6.48 strikeouts per nine innings.
It will all come down to the grade of talent the Rockies can bring in for the right price. The fact is Corpas at least provides a much needed veteran presence in bullpen that Colorado could certainly use next year. Not to mention, he will take a pay cut to pitch for the Rockies.