Colorado Rockies re-sign right-hander, add depth to staff

Nov 11, 2022, 2:20 PM | Updated: 2:51 pm
Jose Urena...
Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The Colorado Rockies will play about 1,500 innings and 2023, meaning they’ll need somebody on their pitching staff to eat some of those.

The fighting Rockos have their man, re-signing Jose Ureña to a one-year, $3 million deal that includes a club option at $4 million for 2024. The signing was first reported by FanSided, with MLB Network confirming the details.

A six-year veteran, Ureña became a free agent at the season’s end. He was signed by the Rockies originally this past May after being released by the Brewers. The 31-year-old spent 2021 with Detroit but had been a Marlin for his whole career before that.

Ureña has only had one standout season, coming in 2017 when he had a 3.82 ERA and a 14-7 record in 34 games. He has mainly been used as a starter, which is what he did for the Rockies this past year.

In 17 games for the Rockies, Ureña threw to a 5.14 ERA and a 3-8 record. It was one of the better seasons of his below-average career.

Ureña is acceptable for the Rockies as a longman or spot starter; anything more is putting too much on the right-hander’s plate.

Ureña had the 10th lowest strikeout rate among starters, with more than 70 innings pitched last season, setting down just over 15% of batters faced. Of 149 pitchers who threw 90+ innings last season, Ureña was 148th in strikeout rate minus walk rate. His fastball is still pretty speedy, but it doesn’t fool anyone.

The Rockies really need pitching help, adding back a guy with a 5+ ERA won’t really solve the issue.



Kyle Freeland...
Jake Shapiro

Local kid turned Rockies pitcher will play for USA in World Baseball Classic

MLB announced that Rockies left-handed pitcher and Denver native Kyle Freeland is joining Team USA for the World Baseball Classic
5 days ago
Kris Bryant Russell Wilson...
Will Petersen

Broncos have replaced Rockies as most embarrassing team in Denver

The Broncos have become the new Rockies, afraid to make a big internal change, even when fans are screaming from the top of the mountains
8 days ago
Cody Bellinger...
Jake Shapiro

Rockies reportedly interested in former MVP who would thrive at Coors

The Rockies desperately need a centerfielder, could Colorado ink a former National League MVP who the Dodgers wouldn't pony up to pay
14 days ago
Garrett Hampson...
Jake Shapiro

Rockies extend Tyler Kinley, dump Garrett Hampson

The Colorado Rockies extended one of their better relievers from a year ago Tyler Kinley, while moving on from their utility man
19 days ago
Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images...
Jake Shapiro

Colorado Rockies add much-needed left-handed reliever

The Colorado Rockies picked up left-handed pitcher Brent Suter off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers, here's how he helps
19 days ago
Nolan Arenado...
Will Petersen

Former Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado finishes third in NL MVP voting

During the 2022 season Arenado hit for a .293 average, launched 30 home runs and notched 103 RBI; he also won his 10th Gold Glove
20 days ago
Colorado Rockies re-sign right-hander, add depth to staff