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Rockies or bust for rehabbing Rafael Betancourt

Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 9: Rafael Betancourt #63 of the Colorado Rockies pitches the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on August 9, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Rockies defeated the Reds 3-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Rafael Betancourt is trying to come back from Tommy John elbow surgery at age 38 and could miss the entire season, but whenever he does return he wants it to be with the Rockies.

Colorado declined his $4.25 million option for 2014, making Betancourt a free agent, but the right-hander told Troy Renck of the Denver Post: “If I pitch again, it will be with the Rockies. I can’t see myself anywhere else at this point in my career.”

That’s despite reported interest from other teams, including the Dodgers, who’d no doubt want to sign Betancourt to an incentive-laden deal with a team option for 2015.

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