SAN DIEGO -- Right-handed reliever Scott Oberg became the latest home-grown player to agree to a multi-year deal with the Rockies on Wednesday, receiving a three-year, $13 million extension with an $8 million club option in 2023 that assures them of being able to retain Oberg for his first two years of potential free agency.
Oberg, 29, was 6-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 56 innings over 49 appearances in a season cut short when he was played on the 10-day injured list Aug. 18 with axillary artery thrombosis, which is often caused by external rotation in the upper arm, resulting in compression, contusion and susequent thombosis of the artery by the humeral head, according to Wikem.org.
"I think he's doing well,'" manager Bud Black said. "We spoke a few weeks ago. We've texted lately. He seems to be in a really good spot physically. The doctors are extremely happy with where he is.
"As it relates to the signing, we talk about it all the time. Our front office and the coaches in roster construction about getting the right guys, and Scott Oberg is the right type of guy. So I'm happy for him and his family. I'm excited and proud that he wanted to be a Rocky for this coming length of time. I'm glad this worked out. I know organizationally this is a good fit, and Dick (Monfort, owner) and Jeff (Bridich, general manager) felt the same way.
Since his debut for the Rockies in 2015, Oberg is 18-8 with seven saves, a 3.85 ERA (257.1 IP, 110 ER), 101 walks and 234 strikeouts. His career ERA ranks seventh all-time among Rockies relief pitchers, while his 3.70 (136.1 IP, 56 ER) career ERA at Coors Field ranks third all-time among Colorado relievers.
Black said Oberg could see time in closer situations, but restated his confidence in Wade Davis, who had a second-half struggle in 2019.
"These things have a way of playing themselves out," said Black. "I think when we get to Spring Training we'll see how our group is. We have some veteran players. As it relates to Wade, he's been a really, really good closer and last year was a tough one.
"You've heard me say it before. It's nice to have a dedicated closer and have that happen, but all 30 teams would like that type of situation. Doesn't happen all the time. Happened for us in '17 and '18; last year was a little variable. We'll see how all these guys are doing, performing, and we'll get an idea through Spring Training, and when the season starts you will be privy to what we're thinking."