Rockies release Manuel Corpas
The Rockies have placed their former closer, right-hander Manuel Corpas, on unconditional release waivers, industry sources told MLB.com Tuesday. His agent, Tom O’Connell, confirmed the move.
Corpas, a key figure in the team’s run to the World Series in 2007, has struggled with injuries and inconsistency since. It’s unclear if Corpas will be able to pitch in 2011 because he underwent Tommy John ligament transfer surgery on his throwing elbow late in the season.
Since debuting with the Rockies in 2006, Corpas is 12-16 with a 3.93 ERA and 34 saves in 280 appearances. His best year was 2007, when he became closer in July and earned 19 regular-season saves, plus went 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA in nine postseason appearances.
Once Corpas clears waivers, the Rockies will still have to pay him $3.75 million — a $3.5 million salary for 2011 and a $250,000 buyout on an option for 2012.
“Manny truly appreciated his time on Colorado,” said Tom O’Connell, Corpas’ agent. “Obviously, the National League Championship year was a special one. He’s going to continue to focus on his rehab with his main goal to compete once again at the Major League level in 2011.”
– Thomas Harding