DENVER -- The Rockies and two of their three arbitration-eligible players -- center fielder Dexter Fowler and right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin -- have a $900,000 gap in their arbitration filings, which were submitted Friday. Fowler is seeking a 2013 salary of $5.15 million while the team is offering $4.25 million. Chacin filed for $2.6 million while the team offered $1.7 million. Also, infielder Jonathan Herrera filed for $1 million while the team filed for $800,000. If team and player can't agree on a contract, the case will go to arbitration, where the player will be assigned either his request or the team's offer. Arbitration hearings will be scheduled Feb. 4-20.
The Rockies reached a one-year agreement Friday with outfielder Tyler Colvin for $2,275,000 and reached one-year agreements earlier in the week with right-handed reliever Wilton Lopez for $1,762,500 and left-handed pitcher Josh Outman for $675,000. Teams can sign players to one-year or multi-year deals, but the Rockies went into the process this year not intending to go more than one year with any of the eligible players. The Rockies, heading into their 21st season, have had just three hearings. Decisions went in favor of right-hander Dennys Reyes in 2002 and in the Rockies' favor in cases with right-hander Sun-Woo Kim in 2006 and left-hander Brian Fuentes in 2008.
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