It’s been a very busy period of hours for the Colorado Rockies. In approximately 24 hours, the team granted their manager, Walt Weiss, a 3-year contract extension, and outrighted long-time reliever Manny Corpas, who pitched during 6 seasons for the team.
Then, on Wednesday, Colorado placed right-handed relief pitcher Jeff Manship on waivers to complete the trifecta. However, Troy Renck of the Denver Post is reporting that Manship could be sticking around with the organization.
Manship expected to clear waivers and be outrighted to AAA
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) October 16, 2013
It isn’t exactly a shock that Manship would pass through waivers, as his performance in the big leagues over 5 seasons leaves a lot to be desired. For reference, the 28-year-old righty has posted a 6.42 ERA over 116.1 innings in the Majors, and that number has risen above 7.00 (yes, 7.00) during each of his past 3 MLB stints.
On the surface, it certainly looks like Manship doesn’t have quite the arsenal to pitch effectively at this level (5.72 K/9, 3.40 BB/9), but the Rockies apparently think enough of him to keep him around in the minor leagues. The bullpen in Colorado is very much in flux at this stage (as is the entire roster), but it could be a positive indication to fans that the team simply isn’t satisfied with its 74-88 record in 2013.