Rockies re-sign outfielder Sullivan
Club also closing in on deal with free-agent righty Wells
DENVER -- The Rockies re-signed outfielder Cory Sullivan to a one-year, non-guaranteed $1 million contract on Wednesday, and general manager Dan O'Dowd said the team is "getting closer" to signing free-agent right-hander Kip Wells.The deal with Sullivan came before Wednesday night's deadline for tendering offers to arbitration-eligible players. Sullivan, 28, has hit .281 with the Rockies 2005-07. He was the starter in center field for much of 2006 but was supplanted when the Rockies acquired Willy Taveras from the Astros last winter. In 2007, Sullivan hit .262 in 53 games at Triple-A Colorado Springs and .286 in 72 games with the Rockies. "We felt Cory was someone we wanted to keep on our roster, and we're glad we were able to keep him outside of the arbitration process," O'Dowd said. Wells, who will turn 31 on April 21 and went 7-17 with a 5.70 ERA in starting and relief roles with the Cardinals last season, is being pursued to compete for a starting rotation spot or help the bullpen. The Denver Post, citing a source close to the situation, reported that Wells' deal could be worth in the neighborhood of $3 million. The Rockies tendered offers to all their other established Major League players eligible for arbitration. They non-tendered pitcher Darren Clarke and outfielder Sean Barker, both of whom made brief appearances with the Rockies in 2007. The club can still re-sign them.
The Rocky Mountain News reported that the Rockies have also reached an agreement to re-sign left-hander Mark Redman on a non-guaranteed, one-year deal worth $1 million.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.