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Rockies Decline Option on Former Standout Reliever

Tyler Maher
The Colorado Rockies have declined an option on one of their relief pitchers.
The Colorado Rockies have declined an option on one of their relief pitchers. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Colorado Rockies have remained patient with relief pitcher Scott Oberg through injuries over the past several years, but it seems their patience has finally run out.

The Rockies announced on Tuesday that they have declined Oberg's $8 million club option for the 2023 season, making him a free agent.

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Colorado is parting ways with the 32-year-old right-hander, who hasn't pitched in an MLB game since 2019 due to health issues, including multiple surgeries to remove blood clots from his right arm.

It's the latest disappointing development for Oberg, who had emerged as one of the team's best relievers in the years leading up to his injuries. Oberg was drafted by the Rockies in 2012 and debuted for them in 2015. While he struggled over his first few seasons, he hit his stride in 2018 and 2019, going a combined 14-2 with a 2.35 ERA in 105 appearances out of the bullpen.

Unfortunately, the arm issues completely derailed his career just when he seemed to be reaching his peak. The last few years have been rough on him, and he's said that he'll probably retire rather than risk further health issues.

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