Scott Oberg

Scott Oberg

34-Year-Old PitcherP
 Free Agent  
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$Signed a three-year, $13 million contract with the Rockies in December of 2019. Rockies declined $8 million team option for 2023 in November of 2022.
Announces retirement
PFree Agent  
Forearm
January 10, 2023
Oberg announced his retirement from baseball Tuesday and has accepted a part-time position with the Rockies.
ANALYSIS
Oberg was effective the last time we saw him pitch, but unfortunately that was back in 2019 before multiple blood clot issues sidelined him. The right-hander will retire with a career 3.85 ERA across 259 relief appearances across parts of five major-league seasons.
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Inching closer to retirement?
PColorado Rockies  
May 5, 2022
Oberg is aiming toward retirement after saying he's "not really in a rush to pick up a ball again in the near term," according to Jack Etkin of Rockies Magazine.
ANALYSIS
Oberg hasn't pitched since the 2019 season, and while the veteran reliever hasn't officially confirmed his retirement, all signs point toward that being the most likely scenario. "I'm not really in a rush to pick up a ball again in the near term and give it another go, just in the sense that I keep running into the risk of having to go through all of this again," Oberg said, referring to the recurring blood-clotting issues that have kept him off the field. Oberg has undergone four different procedures to address the blood clots in his right forearm between Aug. 2016 and March 2021, and it looks as though the issue has ended his big-league career.
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Oberg missed the entire 2020 season due to various injuries, and he underwent thoracic outlet surgery in September to help repair his right arm issue. If he's fully healthy, he should compete with Daniel Bard for the closer's role during spring training. The right-hander got a taste of ninth-inning duties in 2019, converting on five of his eight save chances. He posted a career-best 2.25 ERA and 26.0 K% in 2019, but his 3.90 xFIP and 4.00 SIERA were much closer to his career average. Despite his strong ERA over his past two seasons, he has a swinging-strike rate of just 12.2%, and his average fastball velocity has dropped over the past two years to 94.4 mph. While Oberg relies heavily on his slider, it's safe to wonder where his velocity will be following his surgery. His fantasy value will prop up if he's the closer on Opening Day, but Oberg carries several question marks heading into his age-31 season.
Oberg entered 2018 with only two saves in his career, but he earned his way into the closer's role amid Wade Davis' struggles, only to see his season end six weeks early due to a blood clot. Oberg doesn't believe the issue will impact him in 2020, and signed a three-year, $13 million extension this offseason with a team option for 2023. He had a 2.25 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and posted the best strikeout rate (26.0%) of his career, recording five saves before moving to the IL. The right-hander's fastball has dropped about two mph (to 94.4 mph) over the past two seasons while he's become more reliant on his 86-mph slider. Oberg doesn't profile as a typical closer, but there's some comfort in the fact he has a 2.35 ERA and 1.04 WHIP over the past two seasons on a team that routinely struggles to find pitching. Jairo Diaz projects to be his top competition for the ninth inning.
Oberg is a two-pitch reliever who throws everything hard and has become progressively better year over year. His quality fastball and slider held righties to a .182/.283/.286 line last season -- he commands both pitches and his stuff gets on righties in a hurry. This was on full display in the NL Wild Card Game when he came in and struck out all four Chicago batters he faced in that game to help Colorado advance to the NLDS. If something were to happen to Wade Davis, Oberg seems best positioned to step into the closer role. As is Oberg has the skills to be an effective member of a NL-only pitching staff. He pitches in a lot of high-leverage spots with his ability to get both groundballs and strikeouts to help quiet rallies. That is how he was able to get eight wins last season in under 60 innings of work.
Oberg's minor league numbers insinuate that he's primed to be a high-leverage reliever in the Colorado bullpen, but for the second season in a row, the right-hander failed to take the final step toward making that happen. The 27-year-old spent 2016 shuttling between Triple-A Albuquerque and the major leagues, and while his 2.43 ERA and 11.1 K/9 with the Isotopes turned heads, he couldn't transfer that success into the majors during any of his stints in Denver. His ERA jumped to 5.19 while his strikeout rate went south of a strikeout per inning (thanks mostly due to a 7.36 ERA at home), keeping him out of a high-leverage role for most of the season. To end things on a sour note, Oberg's campaign was cut short due to axillary artery thrombosis in his pitching arm, clouding his status heading into 2017. If he is ready for spring training right away, he'll need to prove he can keep the ball in the park at Coors Field, or else he'll be destined to serve as a Quad-A pitcher going forward.
A 2012 15th-round draft pick, Oberg performed much better at each level of the minors than his draft position would imply. That success didn't translate into the majors, however. The right-hander bounced between Triple-A and the majors but amassed most of his work with the Rockies, pitching 58.1 innings with Colorado versus just eight with Albuquerque. He had trouble with the longball all season (10 homers allowed), which translated into a rough 5.09 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in the majors. Oberg finished the year strong, though, posting a 0.79 ERA over his last 14 appearances, so if he can keep the ball in the park and continue his success at the end of the year, Oberg could be relied on more heavily in the Rockies' bullpen.
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Becomes free agent
PFree Agent  
Forearm
November 8, 2022
Oberg (forearm) became a free agent Tuesday after his team option was declined.
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May be headed for retirement
PColorado Rockies  
Elbow
May 5, 2022
Oberg (forearm) acknowledged in an interview this week with Jack Etkin of Rockies Magazine that he's not actively preparing for a return to baseball. "I'm not really in a rush to pick up a ball again in the near term and give it another go," Oberg said. "Just in the sense that [I] keep running into the risk of having to go through all of this again. Now it's not really my decision, I don't feel at this point, really."
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Back on 60-day injured list
PColorado Rockies  
Elbow
March 17, 2022
Oberg (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Thursday, Patrick Lyons of TheDNVR.com reports.
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Placed on 60-day injured list
PColorado Rockies  
Elbow
March 27, 2021
Oberg (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Saturday.
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Career could be over
PColorado Rockies  
Elbow
March 26, 2021
Oberg underwent surgery to remove blood clots Thursday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
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