MLB Rumors: Free Agent Rockies Reliever "Attracting Good Amount Of Interest"

It's hard for any pitcher to gain traction in the big leagues pitching for the Colorado Rockies. And when you've spent your entire career there, you wonder if other teams might lose sight of what you can do. But for reliever Carlos Estevez, he put his best foot forward in 2022, and according to MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal, it seems that he'll reap the rewards in free agency. 

Carlos Estévez is not exactly a household name, but he is attracting a good amount of interest on the open market. Some teams view the right-handed reliever as a potential high-leverage piece for an Astros-like bullpen. Others view him as a potential closer.

Estevez is entering his age-30 season, and has been toiling in the thin air of Denver for his entire six-year career. But it hasn't stopped him from putting up some impressive stretches. 

As Rosenthal notes, in his last three full seasons (2019, 2021 & 2022), Estevez has compiled a 3.40 ERA in 190.2 innings, while striking out nine batters per nine innings. His walks are a bit on the high side, though, at 3.6 per nine this past season. 

But with relatively consistent strong performances overall, and some dabbling as a closer at times for the Rockies over the years, it sounds like he'll do well in free agency. Three teams that have been mentioned as suitors are the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and New York Mets—all of whom can use help in the bullpen.

Yes, Carlos Estevez is the birth name of actor Charlie Sheen, but the actual pitcher Estevez isn't quite as wild as the 'Wild Thing' of Major League film fame.

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