According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the Rockies have reached agreement on a two-year contract extension with reliever Rafael Betancourt. The deal also carries a club option for 2013.
Betancourt, 35, has been one of the most reliable setup men in baseball for the past several seasons, especially recently in Colorado. Since coming over from the Indians in the summer of 2009, the right-hander has posted a 3.08 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 118 strikeouts in 87.2 innings.
He will make $3.77 million this season, $4 million in 2012, and that option is worth $4.25 million or a $250,000 buyout. According to Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors, who did some translating of Rojas’ article, the total worth of the new deal is $8.02 million.
It’s rarely wise to shell out multi-year contracts to relievers, but Betancourt is a good one and probably worth the risk. He will handle the eighth inning behind closer Huston Street this season for the Rox.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.