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Rockies sign Casey Blake to one-year deal

Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:37 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2011 6:05 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The Rockies have agreed to sign free agent third baseman Casey Blake to a one-year contract, general manager Dan O'Dowd announced to reporters during a press conference to introduce new right fielder Michael Cuddyer. The deal is worth $2 million, according to CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman. It is still pending a physical, which is especially important to remember here because Blake battled a neck injury all season. In fact, he had season-ending surgery to repair it in September.

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Blake, 38, appeared in only 63 games last season and wasn't really 100 percent when he did play. In 2010, he hit .248/.320/.407 with 28 doubles and 17 home runs.

The Rockies have a hole at third base until highly-touted prospect Nolan Arenado is ready. The 20-year-old spent last season in High-A ball, so there's no way he's ready to make the jump all the way to the bigs in time to be the opening day starter in 2012. Perhaps inking Blake to a one-year deal shows the Rockies are confident he'll be ready to take over by 2013? It's entirely possible. Of course, if Arenado's not ready, the Rockies can surely find another stopgap to sign to a one-year deal. Arenado hit .298/.349/.487 with 20 homers and 122 RBI in 134 games for the Modesto Nuts in 2011.

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Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Rockies sign Casey Blake to one-year deal

Blake is solid fielder, and an average bat.  If he's healthy, he certainly does not hurt your chances of winning.  He brings a senior voice to the clubhouse......it is a good move for Rockies as they develop Arenado to be the full time starter.  Blake has two years in him, especially playing half of his games in a hitters park like Coors field.



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Since: Dec 21, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:07 pm
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Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:53 am
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Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:51 am
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:09 am
 

Rockies sign Casey Blake to one-year deal

This is Rock bottom of a stop gap.  Who`s older & more broken down Helton at 1st or Blake at 3B?  Tulo must be glad he got paid b/c this roster is not being built to win.  They would have been better off letting Ian Stewart try again over a sure to be injured old man Blake.  Guess it`s 'only" $2,000,000 right Rocks?



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Rockies sign Casey Blake to one-year deal

Blake is a good guy and I wish him much success in Colorado except when playing the Dodgers. 


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