Rockies Release Casey Blake

The Rockies announced that they released third baseman Casey Blake (Twitter link). Agent Jim McDowell represents the veteran infielder, who signed a non-guaranteed contract worth $2MM plus $1MM in performance bonuses in December. The Rockies owe Blake $491K in termination pay, Troy Renck of the Denver Post tweets.

Blake hit .252/.342/.371 in 239 plate appearances for the Dodgers in 2011, spending considerable time on the DL with a cervical strain. He had surgery in September and the Dodgers declined his $6MM option for 2012 after the season. The Phillies are known to be looking for infield depth and may inquire on the 38-year-old free agent.


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36 Comments on "Rockies Release Casey Blake"


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Snoochies8
3 years 3 months ago

if the a’s were ever looking for a 3rd basemen…now’s the chance i guess

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Lastings
3 years 3 months ago

It’s not 2007 anymore…

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Snoochies8
3 years 3 months ago

sadly, he’s still a better option than donaldson/sogard

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3 years 3 months ago

Yep, gotta make this happen.  Sogard is useful as a nice utility guy, above Rosales in my opinion.  Put Donaldson in AAA or release him, clearly not 3B material

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Snoochies8
3 years 3 months ago

he’s fine defensively as a 3rd baseman, it’s just his bat that still isn’t major-league ready.

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David X
3 years 3 months ago

That would be completely pointless. You might as well find out what you have in Sogard and Donaldson. If the A’s sign Blake, he adds a win over the season at best, he’s made of glass at this point so he’s going to break down … you gain virtually nothing and in the meantime you have no idea what your own guys can do. Billy Beane is smarter than that.

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Snoochies8
3 years 3 months ago

sogard is best used as a utility player and donaldson has way too long of a swing and is more valuable as a catcher. casey blake would be a 1 year player until sizemore is fully healthy. beane proved that he’s not just going to let the rookies play (signing crisp, cespedes who’s techinically a rookie but is still better than most/all of our hitters, and manny and trading for smith and reddick).

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vtadave
3 years 3 months ago

I think the A’s already know what they have in those guys and it isn’t much.

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johnnycomelately9
3 years 3 months ago

Clearly you’ve never heard of Arenado.  Rocks just need a stop gap.

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Snoochies8
3 years 3 months ago

clearly you don’t get this article “rockies RELEASE casey blake” not “DFA” him, he’s a free agent now…

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pnedwek
3 years 3 months ago

Nelson Arenado to the Rockies?

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Manfrenjensen
3 years 3 months ago

Arenado has already been sent down to the minors.  Look for Nelson and/or Pacheco to be the primary 3B options.

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3 years 3 months ago

I will bet the Phillies kick the tires to see what’s left of him.   He had a pretty good glove at 3B.  He is also RH which is something they need from the bench. 

Maybe Blake starts at 3B, Polanco at 2B, and Galvis can continue developing in the minors?  Probably not, but who knows?

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dylanp5030
3 years 3 months ago

Polly can’t play 2B everyday anymore. No range.

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1980CHAMPS
3 years 3 months ago

Is this the Rockies GM?

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Phillies_Aces35
3 years 3 months ago

He can’t. It’s been floated around by guys like Jim Salisbury, Jayson Stark, Todd Zoleki, etc.

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dylanp5030
3 years 3 months ago

He has a great glove, quick hands, and a solid arm. However he lacks range to his left and right, too much to hide at second base.

Could you imagine the right side of Thome and Polly? Close to 80 there.

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3 years 3 months ago

Yeah, I think you’re right.  But if that is not whats up here, than I don’t see where Blake might fit in.

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Sajju Shah
3 years 3 months ago

Maybe they can trade him for Carlos Santana? 

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Lastings
3 years 3 months ago

The singer? Sure…

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Slopeboy
3 years 3 months ago

Read the headline. He’s been Released!! Besides, even at his advanced age, Carlos Santana still plays a better Guitar.

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First Bleed
3 years 3 months ago

Apparently no one gets your reference Sajju, but I do.

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55saveslives
3 years 3 months ago

 Boy did that get lost on some ….lol

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nick1538
3 years 3 months ago

I get it.  The Blake to LAD trade in 2008 sent Santana to the Indians.  I think the Indians won that one…

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nick1538
3 years 3 months ago

The Indians would have to trade with Oakland to get Jon Meloan back and include him.  

Carlos Santana and Jon Meloan for Casey Blake.  Seems fair!?!

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progmatinee
3 years 3 months ago

Nelson and Pacheco it is at 3rd. Too bad we didn’t just go this route in 2011 rather waste a ton of money on Lopez and Wigginton.