Triple-A veterans opt for free agency

Triple-A veterans opt for free agency

DENVER -- Several veterans who were hoping to revive their Major League careers with the Rockies but didn't receive callups have opted for free agency. They include catchers Wilkin Castillo and Omir Santos, infielders Brendan Harris and Brandon Wood, right-handed pitchers Eric Jung and Jared Wells, and left-hander Royce Ring.

All of them have played in the Majors at some point in their careers and spent time at Triple-A Colorado Springs last season.

As expected, first baseman Chad Tracy, son of former Rockies manager Jim Tracy, declared free agency. His brother, Class A catcher Mark Tracy, was traded from the Rockies to the White Sox last week.

Also declaring were right-handed pitcher Carlos Torres, who saw significant time with the Rockies last season, as well as outfielder Hernan Iribarren, a presence at Colorado Springs in recent years.

Others to become free agents were right-handed pitchers Jason Bergman, Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Ricky Brooks, Kennil Gomez, Brandon Hynick, Michael Marbry, Jeff Marquez, Carlos Martinez, Tim Sexton, Zach Simons and Rafael Suarez; left-handers Dan Merklinger, Joe Torres and Jonathan Vargas; infielder Helder Velazquez; and outfielders Chris Pettit, Brandon Roberts and Tim Torres.

The Rockies can sign any of the players who have opted for free agency.