The Rockies are next in our arbitration eligibles series.
Stewart and Spilborghs are non-tender candidates. Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd recently said he's willing to give Stewart another opportunity, implying he will pay the $2MM or so that will be required if the third baseman is tendered a contract in December. Two months remain until the non-tender deadline, however. There is a case to keep Spilborghs at an approximate $2MM despite his 2011 struggles. The 32-year-old had been a very useful fourth outfielder prior to this year and may have trade value at that price.
As a potential Super Two, Fowler projects to fall in the $2MM range as well. Smith, who would be around $2.6MM, has been mentioned as potential trade bait should the Rockies sign an outfielder.
Cot's Baseball Contracts shows the Rockies have about $61MM owed to players under contract for next year. If all four arbitration eligibles are retained, they'd be around $70MM before accounting for minimum salary players. The Rockies would have around $13MM in 2012 flexibility, though as much as $18MM more could be cleared if the team non-tenders or trades Stewart, Spilborghs, Smith, Huston Street, and Ty Wigginton.
Matt Swartz contributed to this post.