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The Rockies traded catcher Miguel Olivo to the Blue Jays on Thursday night for a player to be named or cash considerations, the Rockies announced.
The deal occurred just before Thursday night’s deadline for picking up Olivo’s 2011 option for $2.5 million. Olivo, 32, hit .269 with 14 home runs and 58 RBIs as the Rockies’ No. 1 catcher for much of last season. It was unclear whether the Jays would pick up the option. They could allow him to become a free agent, and receive a pick between the first and second rounds of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
The trade leaves Chris Iannetta, 27, as the lone catcher on the Rockies’ roster with significant Major League experience, although the club is expected to obtain another backstop through free agency or a trade.
Iannetta, an organization product who showed promise in an extended look in 2008 (.264, 18 HRs, 64 RBIs), but has struggled since and has not grabbed the No. 1 job. Last season, after signing a three-year, $8.35 million contract, Iannetta spent part of last season at Triple-A Colorado Springs and finished with a .197 average, nine home runs and 27 RBIs in 61 Major League games.
The Jays also are formulating their catching plans. They picked up a $1.2 million option on Jose Molina and have a top prospect in J.P. Arencibia. John Buck, the Jays’ No. 1 catcher and an All-Star in 2010, is a free agent. Like Olivo, Buck is a Type B free agent.
The Marlins are looking for a catcher, and Miguel Olivo may soon be on the market.
On Wednesday, it was reported that the Rockies will decline their end of Olivo’s mutual option for next year. The option was worth $2.7 million after the 32-year-old earned $2.5 million this season.
The Rockies will agree to pay a $500,000 buyout, freeing Olivo to explore the free agent market.
The Marlins are exploring catcher options, and there may be a fit with Olivo. At least internally, the team has brought up the possibility of bringing Olivo back to Florida, where he was a regular behind the plate in 2006 and 2007.
For the Rockies in 2010, Olivo appeared in 112 games, and he batted .269 with 14 home runs and 58 RBIs.
In 2006 and ’07 with the Marlins, Olivo belted 16 home runs in each season.
Catching is an area of need for Florida.
Ronny Paulino, who is arbitration eligible, was suspended for 50-games for violating MLB’s substance policy, and the team is weighing whether to bring him back.
John Baker underwent Tommy John surgery and he has not been cleared to begin baseball activities. With the uncertainty about when Baker will return, catcher is a primary position the Marlins are seeking to upgrade.
Olivo will at least draw consideration from Florida.
– Joe Frisaro
Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd said he will take until Thursday’s deadline before deciding whether to pick up catcher Miguel Olivo’s $2.5 million option for 2011. Even if he decides, the Rockies still have to determine whether Olivo, Chris Iannetta or a combination of both are solid enough to handle catching duties. Do the Rockies seek a trade or free agency? That’s one of this winter’s big questions.
The Rockies will not pick up left-hander Jeff Francis’ $7 million option for 2011. Three years of shoulder problems makes it too risky, but O’Dowd says he wants Francis back.
It should be an interesting free agency season. The big question is whether the Rockies can retain lefty Jorge De La Rosa, who could have numerous bidders.
My thoughts? If the bidders stay in the three-year range, the Rockies can compete. If someone goes overboard on years, the Rockies will wish him well.
– Thomas Harding