Colorado Rockies Make Tewksbury's Oberg A Millionaire
Jan 12, 2019 12:03PM
● By Bill Gilman
Colorado Rockies reliever Scott Oberg, of Tewksbury. (Photo courtesy of Rockies Twitter account.)
Relief pitcher Scott Oberg has avoided a salary arbitration hearing, agreeing to a 1-year contract worth $1.3 million with the Colorado Rockies for the 2019 season.
Oberg is coming off a career season with the Rockies, posting an 8-1 record with a 2.45 ERA and 0.989 WHIP in 56 appearances. He allowed 46 hits in 58 2/3 innings with 57 strikeouts and just 12 walks.
The deal marks a significant raise for Oberg, the former Tewksbury High and UConn star, who made the Major League minimum $555,000 in 2018.
It has been a wild 12 months for Oberg, 28, who started the 2018 season with the Rockies but was demoted to Triple-A Albuqurque after getting off to a sluggish start. He was recalled the big club on May 28. Aside from a brief stint on the disabled list with a back strain, he steadily saw his role grow from middle reliever and mop-up duty to 8th inning set-up man and occasional closer.
But it was also a year of personal growth and achievement. In August, Oberg became a first-time dad. He and his wife, Diana, welcomed a daughter, Charlotte Rose.
Over the last two months of the season, as the Rockies made a push for the playoffs, Oberg was virtually unhittable, with a 1.85 ERA.
But he saved his best for last. In the Wildcard Playoff game against the Chicago Cubs, Oberg closed out the game with four straight strikeouts against the heart of the Cubs' batting order.
In the fall, Oberg returned home to Tewksbury, where he was inducted into the Tewksbury High Sports Hall of Fame.
Next month, Oberg will join the Rockies' pitchers and catchers in Arizona for the start of Spring Training. With Adam Ottavino gone to free agency and Bryan Shaw coming off a horrible 2018, Oberg will likely start the 2019 season as the 8th inning set-up man in front of closer Wade Davis. However, the 34-year-old Davis struggled at times last season and if he falters again, it would not be a surprise if Oberg is moved into the closer's role.