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July 23, 2009 9:52 PM

Rockies add Betancourt to bullpen mix

Rumors were flying all afternoon that the Rockies would be making a new addition to their bullpen.  That addition came in the form of Rafael Betancourt.

Betancourt is 1-2 with a 3.52 ERA for the Indians this year, striking out 32 in 30.2 IP, and notching one save.  Almost assuredly, Betancourt will be pitching the eighth inning with Corpas on the DL.  What's not clear is who will be sent out to make room for Betancourt: surely, the Rockies won't immediately burn Jhoulys Chacin's option year.  Juan Rincon is a better bet, but the Rockies might send out Matt Daley seeing how he has options remaining.

With the addition of Betancourt, coupled with the recent additions of Morales and Chacin, the Rockies' bullpen looks much better than it did a couple of weeks ago; the Rockies could further upgrade the bullpen by figuring out a way to get Matt Herges in there (Herges, along with Betancourt, was one of the Indians' most reliable relievers this year.)  What's more, the Rockies were able to do it without sacrificing much from the farm: to get Betancourt, the Rockies gave up RHP Connor Graham.  Graham does have potential with a nice mid-90s fastball and slider combo, but so far in the minors his command has given him problems, and he's still in A-ball.

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