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Friday, February 2, 2007
Rockies agree to terms with Fogg, release Freeman

Associated Press

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies signed pitcher Josh Fogg to a one-year deal and released outfielder Choo Freeman on Friday.

Fogg and the Rockies agreed to terms on a deal worth $3.63 million. The right-handed pitcher was 11-9 with a 5.49 ERA in 31 games for the Rockies last season. Fogg and Jeff Francis were the only Colorado starters to turn in winning seasons.

After making $1.05 million last year, Fogg had asked for $4.25 million in arbitration and had been offered $3 million. No Rockies players remain in arbitration.

The Rockies weren't available for comment Friday.

Freeman hit .225 with three homers and 29 RBIs in three seasons with Colorado. The Rockies chose Freeman, 27, in the first round of the 1998 draft.

Colorado has an abundance of center fielders after the team acquired Willy Taveras from the Houston Astros for pitcher Jason Jennings in December. Ryan Spilborghs, Jeff Salazar and Cory Sullivan are also in the mix to play center for Colorado.

Colorado's pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Tucson, Ariz., on Feb. 15.