John Maine leaves Rockies’ AAA team, considering retirement

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As reported by Jack Etikin of Inside the Rockies, right-hander John Maine has grown frustrated by his struggles this season at Triple-A Colorado Springs and is considering retiring from baseball.

Maine left Colorado Springs on Tuesday after allowing 10 hits and eight runs in four-plus innings Monday against the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate. He threw 95 pitches in the outing, and just 52 of them were strikes. The 30-year-old has registered a 7.43 ERA, 35 strikeouts and a whopping 37 walks in 46 frames this year at the Triple-A level.

He’s going to take some time off before deciding whether to actually call it quits or return to his post in the Rockies’ minor league system. Maine signed a minor league contract with Colorado this past offseason after finishing with a 6.13 ERA and 1.82 WHIP over nine starts in 2010 for the Mets. He had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder a little over one year ago and has been unable to fully recover.

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.

Rockies sign 30-year lease to stay in Coors Field

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.

As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.

Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”

The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.