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Colorado Rockies avoid arbitration with Franklin Morales

Earlier this off-season the Colorado Rockies traded longtime utility infielder Jonathan Herrera to the Boston Red Sox for one of their former pitchers, the left-handed Franklin Morales.

Tonight the Rockies avoided arbitration with Morales, signing him to a one-year deal. Troy Renck of the Denver Post had the report:

Morales’s ZiPS projection for 2014 has him posting a 4.83 ERA and a 5.17 FIP in 54 innings of work. Those projections, as well as his value to the Rockies, stand to undergo a significant change depending on whether or not Morales cracks the starting rotation for Colorado.

Morales made only one start for the Red Sox last season, but he started nine games in 2012. The lack of command that makes him a dicey but effective reliever makes him a terrifying option for the rotation: on any given day he might run himself out of the game in the third inning.

On the other hand, his stuff is so good that the Rockies would love to have it translate to a spot in the back of their rotation. If Morales finds success in either role he will be a nice bargain for Colorado at $1.8 million.

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