The Rockies are next in our 2013 Arbitration Eligibles series. Matt Swartz's salary projections are below.
- First time: Jhoulys Chacin ($1.6MM), Jonathan Herrera ($800K), Tyler Colvin ($1.9MM), Josh Outman ($600K)
- Second time: Dexter Fowler ($4MM)
- Third time: None
With an 8.19 ERA in the Majors, Outman seems a candidate to be non-tendered. Herrera had a rough year with multiple DL stints, and could be cut loose as well. On the other hand, neither player projects to make even a million bucks, so if the Rockies prefer to keep their options open, they could be retained.
Chacin, slated as the Rockies' number two starter entering the season, was optioned to Triple-A by May. His early struggles may have been due to a pectoral issue, about which he was less than forthcoming. After Chacin rejoined the rotation in late August, he posted a 2.84 ERA, 4.7 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, and 0.61 HR/9 in nine starts. The strikeout and walk rates aren't encouraging, but there's no doubt Chacin will be tendered a contract for 2013.
Colvin's service time is right at the projected cutoff of two years and 139 days, so if that holds up he'll be arbitration eligible as a Super Two. He had a great year, at least at Coors Field, and started at least 18 games at three different positions. He'll enter next year with a prominent role on the Rockies.
Fowler had the best offensive year of his career, though he too was much better at Coors. Only three center fielders had a better OPS, though the advanced defensive metrics rated Fowler poorly. There's still enough here to merit an extension, which MLBTR's Ben Nicholson-Smith discussed at length in late August. If Fowler is not extended, his somewhat low counting stats will limit his arbitration raise.
Assuming only Chacin, Fowler, and Colvin are retained, the Rockies are looking at an estimated $7.5MM for three arbitration eligible players.
Matt Swartz's arbitration projections are available exclusively at MLB Trade Rumors. To read more about his projection model, check out this series of posts.