Roch Around the Clock

January 14, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Rodrigo Lopez is headed to Colorado, and the reasons have everything to do with money.

He'll likely command $4 million or slightly more in arbitration despite losing 18 games this past season. In today's market, that's a relative bargain for a starting pitcher who's had past success. It's a little steep for a long reliever, especially one who doesn't want to be in the bullpen and won't keep his unhappiness a secret.

If I'm Barry Bonds, I'm firing Rafael Palmeiro as my adviser.

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