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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
3 more Rockies in arbitration settle

Associated Press

DENVER -- Infielder Clint Barmes, and right-handers Taylor Buchholz and Jason Grilli avoided arbitration by agreeing Tuesday to one-year contracts with the Colorado Rockies, and third baseman Garrett Atkins submitted a $7.95 million figure after failing to reach a deal.

Colorado officially announced two other one-year agreements, a $4.5 million deal with closer Huston Street and a $2 million contract with left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. Those were agreed to Monday.

Barmes will earn $1,625,000, Buchholz $1,055,000 and Grilli $800,000. Buchholz can earn an additional $50,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 40 and 50 games finished.

Atkins hit .286 last year with 21 homers and 99 RBIs, and he made $4.44 million. His submission figure was the third-highest behind Philadelphia's Ryan Howard ($14 million) and Milwaukee's Prince Fielder ($8 million). The Rockies offered Atkins $6.65 million

Barmes hit .290 with 11 homers and 44 RBIs in 107 games for Colorado last year, when he spent the majority of his time at second base.

Buchholz was 6-6 last year with a 2.17 ERA in a career-best 63 appearances. His ERA was the fourth-lowest ever posted by a Colorado relief pitcher.

Grilli was 3-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 60 games for the Rockies and Tigers last season.

Street was acquired in the offseason from Oakland in the deal that sent slugger Matt Holliday to the Athletics. The right-hander was demoted from his job as Oakland's closer last season and finished 7-5 with a 3.73 ERA and 18 saves in 25 chances. He can become a free agent after the 2010 season.

De La Rosa went 10-8 with a 4.92 ERA in 28 games, including 23 starts for Colorado last season after he was acquired from Kansas City on April 30. After the All-Star break, he was 7-3 with a 3.08 ERA.