The casualties of the worst season in Rockies history grew after the season. The team decided it would not be offering long-term contracts to arbitration-eligible players, a strategy that directly impacted center fielder Dexter Fowler.
It doesn't mean the Rockies don't want Fowler. Based on the return they have asked for in a trade, clearly they value him greatly. However, they want to see more before making a commitment.
So Fowler will eventually receive a hefty pay raise in his second year of arbitration, roughly doubling his $2.35 million salary. He will then join teammates Wilton Lopez and Josh Outman, both of whom agreed to one-year contracts, avoiding an arbitration hearing.
Lopez will make $1.7625 million, with Outman receiving $675,000. As it stands, Lopez represents the Rockies' biggest offeason addition. Acquired from the Astros for pitcher Alex White, Lopez posted a 2.17 ERA while showing a penchant for inducing groundballs. Rafael Betancourt enters spring training as the closer, but Lopez could garner opportunities.
"Lopez has done it. It's not like it's unchartered territory for him," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss. "The bottom line is that there's flexibility and options late in games."
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Denver Post | Jan 17