Rox tender contracts to all but Sitton

Rox tender contracts to all but Sitton

DENVER -- The Rockies tendered 2015 contract offers to all of their arbitration-eligible players before Tuesday night's deadline. The only member of the 40-man roster to be non-tendered was Kraig Sitton, whom the club then signed to a Minor League deal on Wednesday.

Sitton, 26, went 4-8 with a 3.68 ERA in 48 relief appearances at Double-A Tulsa in 2014, and was a seventh-round pick out of Oregon State in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

The decision to non-tender Sitton left the Rockies with 39 players on their Major League roster.

The Rockies tendered offers to outfielder Drew Stubbs; right-handers Jhoulys Chacin, Jordan Lyles and Tyler Chatwood; catchers Wilin Rosario and Michael McKenry; and relievers Adam Ottavino and Rex Brothers.

Stubbs and Chacin are in their final seasons of arbitration eligibility. The other players are eligible for the first time.

Players and teams will file arbitration figures on Jan. 13 and exchange them on Jan. 16. If necessary, hearings take place from Feb. 1-21. Players and teams can come to an agreement at any time before a hearing takes place. If not, a three-judge panel will hear the case, with the player and club present, and assign either the team's offer or the player's request.

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