Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Keeping up with old friends

We're less than a month from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, and there's still an abnormal number of free agents unsigned -- both major league and minor league free agents.

Thanks to Baseball America's handy minor league free agent tracker, it helps us keep tabs on a lot of former Albuquerque Isotopes players. We'll go into more detail about the Topes possible roster once the players all report to Arizona. But for now, let's focus on what organizations some of our old friends will be playing in 2016.

OF Mike Baxter (2014) -- Seattle Mariners
LHP Rex Brothers (2015) -- Chicago Cubs
OF Nick Buss (2013) -- LA Angels
OF/INF Alex Castellans (2012-13) -- Colorado Rockies (more on him soon)
RHP Angel Castro (2013) -- Oakland Athletics
INF Charlie Culberson (2015) -- LA Dodgers
RHP Jose Dominguez (2013-14) -- SD Padres
C Tim Federowicz (2012-14) -- Chicago Cubs
RHP Stephen Fife (2012-14) -- Chicago Cubs
OF Jeremy Hazelbaker (2014) -- St. Louis Cardinals
C Brett Hayes (2011) -- Arizona Diamondbacks
LHP Aaron Laffey (2013, 2015) -- Washington Nationals
LHP John Lannan (2015) -- KC Royals
INF Alex Liddi (2014) -- Baltimore Orioles
IB/OF Matt McBride (2015) -- Oakland Athletics
INF Angelys Nina (2015) -- Philadelphia Phillies
LHP Scott Rice (2012) -- Arizona Diamondbacks
INF Carlos Triunfel (2014) -- Cincinnati Reds
RHP Josh Wall (2012-13) -- Chicago White Sox
RHP Boone Whiting (2015) -- Washington Nationals

Also, from the 2015 roster, the following free agents have resigned with the Rockies: RHP Simon Castro, RHP Gonzalez Germen, LHP Carlos Hernandez and INF Joey Wong.

The following players from the 2015 roster are still unsigned: OF Jeremy Barfield, OF Roger Bernadina (very surprising considering the fabulous year he had), INF Brock Bond, RHP Leuris Gomez, LHP Rudy Owens, INF Jose Rivera and OF Tim Wheeler.

Update on 1-22-2016
RHP Peter Moylan (2013) has signed a minor league contract with the KC Royals.

Update on 1-26-2016
RHP Matt Magill (2013-14) has re-signed a minor league contact with Cincinnati Reds. Magill is returning from Tommy John surgery.

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