By Jack Etkin
Every day Chad Bettis has spent in the major leagues has been with the Rockies. He has never thrown a pitch for another team and has no desire to do so.
“I’d like to stay here. I like it here,” said Bettis, who was drafted by the Rockies in the second round in 2010 out of Texas Tech. “This is all I know. These are the guys I know. And we can win and we will win. And I would like to be here when that happens.”
But it’s likely the Rockies will soon cut ties with Bettis, 30, whose legacy with the team extends far beyond the field to surviving cancer and making stirring comeback. He made $3.325 million this season while going 1-6 with a 6.08 ERA pitching primarily in a long relief role.
Bettis has one more year of arbitration eligibility. That process would boost Bettis’ salary to at least $4 million next year and put him on track to become a free agent in 2021.
Bettis, who last pitched for the Rockies this season on Aug. 13, is on the 60-day injured list following bi-lateral hip surgery Aug. 27. Teams have until five days after the World Series to reinstate players from the 60-day injured list to the 40-man roster. A player who is not reinstated becomes a free agent. That seems the likely path for Bettis once the Rockies begin their off-season roster management.
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