Starter Jose Urena returning to Rockies on one-year deal

The Rockies have re-signed veteran right-hander Jose Urena to a one-year deal, the club confirmed Friday. It’s the club’s first step toward adding much-needed depth to its starting rotation.

The major league deal is worth $3 million with a club option of $4 million for 2024, according to Mark Feinsand of

Urena, 31, began the season as a reliever for the Brewers, posting a 3.52 ERA in four appearances. When the Brewers designated Urena for assignment, the Rockies signed him to a minor-league deal and he pitched his way onto the big-league roster.

In 17 starts with the Rockies, he went 3-8 with a 5.14 ERA, 1.567 WHIP and .289 batting average against.

Urena had an erratic season in Colorado, but the Rockies believe that he has solid stuff and that he made strides working to improve his slider and changeup with the goal of getting more groundballs at Coors Field.

“He’s shown the durability to make his starts, make every side session, and within that, he’s held his stuff,” manager Bud Black told reporters in Los Angeles after Urena’s final start of the season when the right-hander held the Dodgers to five hits with four strikeouts and no walks in Colorado’s 2-1 victory.

“Every start, stuff-wise, has been as consistent as a starting pitcher can be,” Black continued. “By that, I mean velocity range on the fastball, movement to the fastball, the velocities and movement on his secondary pitches. He has not in any start had less stuff than any previous start.”

Over his last five starts, Urena was 0-2 with a 2.25 ERA, allowing no more than two earned runs in each start while pitching at least five innings each time.

Urena began his stint with the Rockies pitching very well, making three consecutive quality starts from July 6-16, going 1-1 with a 1.45 ERA.

But the shine quickly came off and he suffered several meltdowns, most notably his start on Aug. 24 vs. Texas at Coors when he became the first Rockies pitcher in franchise history to allow at least nine hits and nine earned runs in 1 1/3 innings or fewer. Also, on July 28 against the Dodgers, he gave up 10 runs (seven earned) in three innings.

One other concerning number: Urena walked 4.1 hitters per nine innings, the highest rate among all of Colorado’s starters this season.

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