NL West: Rockies reliever Betancourt becomes free agent

NL West: Rockies reliever Betancourt becomes free agent
November 1, 2013, 10:15 am
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Rafael Betancourt suffered a season-ending right elbow injury and underwent Tommy John surgery in September. (USAT IMAGES)

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have declined their half of a mutual option on Rafael Betancourt, making the right-handed reliever who's coming off an arm injury a free agent.

Betancourt was 2-5 with a 4.08 ERA and 16 saves for the Rockies last season before tearing a ligament in his pitching elbow. He considered undergoing platelet-rich plasma therapy to fix his arm, but announced in August his decision to have Tommy John surgery.

The 38-year-old Betancourt spent parts of five seasons with the Rockies after being acquired from the Cleveland Indians in 2009. He had 31 saves for Colorado in 2012. Betancourt will receive a $250,000 buyout.

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