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Rockies quickly turn to offseason deals, questions

Troy E. Renck
The Denver Post

The Rockies figured they would be in Philadelphia tonight, finishing a dramatic division series. Instead of a winner-take-all game, talk has shifted to the winter.

The Rockies have several key decisions facing them over the next several weeks. Here’s a look at the most important:

• General manager Dan O’Dowd is expected to receive a contract extension soon, based on what ownership has said in recent weeks. At which point, he will discuss a new contract for manager Jim Tracy. “Everybody knows he will be back after the job he did,” shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said of Tracy.



The coaches have not been told of their status for next season. Many are expected back, but that can’t be finalized until Tracy receives his new deal.

• Reliever Rafael Betancourt, who enjoyed a splendid series, has a $5 million club option for next season. He made it clear Monday that he wants to be back. “This is a great place for me. This is where I want to be.”



Same for catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who has a $4 million club option for 2010. Unlike Betancourt, his return is less certain, given the presence of Chris Iannetta. “I want to be here. These are the best teammates I have ever had,” Torrealba said.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/rockies/ci_13548753


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