A Look at The Rockies' Latest Deals

January 20 2010, 9:46 AM
The more the Colorado Rockies make headlines, the more I want it to be summertime so I can sit in the mezzanine level, drink beer, and eat all the peanuts I can carry into Coors Field. My dreams were stoked again yesterday when the Rockies announced they'd reached multi-year deals with reliever Rafael Betancourt and closer Huston Street. Inside the Rockies reports that Betancourt has accepted the Rockies' arbitration offer and agreed to two years at $3.775 million per year. Street, one of the National League's best closers last year, pulled off a lot more dough: $22.5 million over the next three years. The signings make star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki happy. He tells The Denver Post that Street and Betancourt deciding to stay in Denver shows they think the team will be successful in the long term and are happy with the direction in which the Rockies are going. The news comes in the wake of outfielder Ryan Spilborghs agreeing to a two-year, $3.25 million contract; a three-year, $8.35 million contract for catcher Chris Ianetta; and a one-year, $1.9 million contract for pitcher Jason Hammel (via ColoradoRockies.com). The Rockies now have 11 players signed through at least 2011, including first baseman Todd Helton, pitcher Aaron Cook, outfielder Brad Hawpe, pitcher Jeff Francis, Tulowitzki, and pitchers Ubaldo Jimenez and Manny Corpas. That doesn't include the multi-year deal manager Jim Tracy signed in the offseason. Meanwhile, one of the Rockies' forgotten pitchers will also compete for a place on the team. Greg Smith tells MLB.com he's ready to fight for his spot and thinks that if he can regain his abilities, he can earn his way into the rotation. That may be a stretch, but you can never have too many pitchers at Coors Field