The Minnesota Twins were in a league of their own this offseason in terms of assembling the lousiest starting pitching rotation in recent memory. The Colorado Rockies just couldn’t let them have it.
The Rockies signed free agent right hander Chris Volstad over the weekend and inked 41-year old Miguel Batista to a minor league deal as well. Hold on to your hats for a moment, though, as it appears the Rockies may be intent on putting together the rotation that time forgot. Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are “aggressively pursuing” Carl Pavano and Derek Lowe. Renck also notes, compounding the LOL-factor tenfold, that the Rockies failed to land such prized free agent hurlers as Kevin Correia, Aaron Cook, and Kyle McClellan.
As of today, the Rockies boast a crop of starters that includes Jeff Francis, Volstad, Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin and Juan Nicasio. Competition for starting jobs could become fierce (read: pathetic) if the Rockies bring Pavano and/or Lowe into the mix.
Once considered a “lame duck” manager, Walt Weiss currently looks like the luckiest man in Denver with that one-year contract that all but guarantees him a swift and painless exit from this calamity.