Rockies Rumors & News

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • Orioles eyeing Tyler Chatwood?

    ESPN "After their starters combined to finish with the worst ERA in baseball last season, the Baltimore Orioles will likely be looking to bolster their rotation this winter. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, one name on Baltimore's radar is right-hander Tyler Chatwood. Chatwood, who turns 28..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Report: Teams interested in free agent Wilin Rosario

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that free agent Wilin Rosario is drawing interest from some teams, mostly from the American League. Rosario, 28, last played in the majors in 2015. Across five seasons, all with the Rockies, he hit .273/.306/.473. He mostly caught but moved to first base in..." November 15

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Rockies Decline Club Option Over Alexi Amarista

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies have declined their $2.5MM club option over utility infielder Alexi Amarista, reports MLB.com’s Thomas Harding. Amarista will receive a $150K buyout and head back into the free-agent market this winter. Harding also notes that Greg Holland’s player option has now been formally declined..." November 06

  • Greg Holland receives $17.4 million qualifying offer from Rockies

    Denver Post "The Rockies’ free-agent picture and subsequent game plan is beginning to take shape. As expected, the Rockies offered right-hander closer Greg Holland a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer Monday, a major-league source confirmed. Holland became a free agent Sunday after turning down his..." November 06

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Greg Holland is part of Rockies’ search for a closer, but there are other options

    Denver Post "It wouldn’t be too big a stretch to say that closer Greg Holland was the Rockies’ MVP over the first half of the 2017 season. His unflappable presence and ability to close out tight games pushed the Rockies to one of their best starts in franchise history. What’s more, Holland helped a young..." October 30

  • Rockies Expected To Pursue Reunion With Jonathan Lucroy

    MLB Trade Rumors "Jonathan Lucroy has already openly expressed interest in returning to the Rockies, and MLB.com’s Thomas Harding writes today that the Rox are “expected” to pursue a reunion with the 31-year-old backstop. As Harding points out, the Rockies will return a very young pitching staff in 2018, and the..." October 18

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Greg Holland will opt out and aim high

    Fanrag Sports "Colorado Rockies closer Greg Holland will not exercise his $15 million player option and instead become a free agent. Holland will be able to earn a big multiyear deal after his very nice comeback season in Colorado. But it will be interesting to see just how big. Word is, with the new..." October 12

  • For Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez, solving sleep problems turned around his season

    USA Today "The worst season of Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez’s life turned out to be the best year of his life. All it took was sleep. Nothing, but uninterrupted, sound, beautiful sleep. “It’s amazing,’’ Gonzalez says. “I can’t believe the difference.’’ This was perhaps the most..." October 03

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • Carlos Gonzalez may be playing his final days with the Rockies

    Denver Post "The long parade of genuflection in Carlos Gonzalez‘s corner of the Rockies’ clubhouse Wednesday night included shouted Spanish insults and a young catcher trying, feebly, to make fun of the slugger’s maroon leather jacket. It was all done in love. Gonzalez, the Rockies’ longest-tenured position..." September 30

  • Rockies' Blackmon sets single-season record for RBIs by leadoff hitter

    ESPN "Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon has set a major league record for most RBIs in a season by a leadoff man as the Rockies defeated the Dodgers 9-1. Blackmon hit a two-run homer in the second inning Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving him 101 RBIs from the top spot..." September 30

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Pat Neshek vs. Zack Greinke autograph feud: Diamondbacks fans come to Greinke's defense

    USA Today "Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke hasn't said anything about Colorado reliever Pat Neshek's autograph claims. But Arizona Diamondback fans have come to his defense, flooding social media after the Rockies pitcher called out Greinke on Tuesday for refusing to sign some baseball cards for..." September 21

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Jonathan Lucroy Interested In Returning To Rockies

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rockies catcher Jonathan Lucroy, acquired just six weeks ago at the deadline, has fit in well with his new team, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post writes. With the open market beckoning at season’s end, Lucroy says he’d “absolutely” have interest in re-joining the organization as a free..." September 13

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Rockies Acquire Jon Keller To Complete Miguel Castro Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies have acquired minor-league righty Jon Keller from the Orioles, per an official announcement. He’ll become the player to be named later in the April swap that sent right-hander Miguel Castro to Baltimore. Keller, 25, has yet to move past the Double-A level through five seasons in the..." September 07

  • Rangers get their Player to be Named Later from the Jonathan Lucroy trade

    Hardball Talk "The Rockies acquired catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Rangers at the trade deadline. The return: a Player to be Named Later. He was named yesterday: it’s minor league outfielder Pedro Gonzalez. Gonzalez is not a bad Player to be Named. He’s 19 and, before the season, he was ranked as the..." August 24

  • Bud Black sticking with Greg Holland in closer’s role

    Hardball Talk "Rockies closer Greg Holland has had a rough go of it lately. He served up a walk-off three-run home run to Eric Hosmer on Wednesday, marking his third blown save in his last four attempts. Prior to Thursday’s game, the right-hander had given up 12 earned runs in his last five appearances, bumping..." August 24

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Rockies reinstate Kyle Freeland from DL

    Fanrag Sports "The Colorado Rockies have reinstated left-handed pitcher Kyle Freeland from the 10-day disabled list and have optioned fellow left-hander Zac Rosscup to Triple-A Albuquerque, the team announced Tuesday. Freeland was dealing with a left groin strain. The 24-year-old is in his first major..." August 15

  • Rockies' Bettis to start Monday for 1st time since cancer treatments

    CBS Sports "Bettis has been confirmed as Monday's starter against the Braves, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. He completed five innings and threw 70 pitches (46 strikes) in a start for Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday, and has not made it out of the sixth inning in any of his last three starts. " August 13

  • Nolan Arenado hit by pitch on hand, removed from game

    BNS Denver "In the top of the fifth inning of the third game against the Miami Marlins, Nolan Arenado was struck in the hand by a fastball from Vance Worley and had to leave the game immediately. We do not yet know the extent of the injury but any kind of long-term loss of Arenado could have absolutely..." August 13

  • Nolan Arenado suffers hand contusion after being hit by pitch

    Sporting News "Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado suffered a contusion on his left hand when he was hit by a pitch in Sunday's game against the Marlins. The Rockies reported that Arenado suffered a contusion on his hand, but X-rays were negative. The All-Star third baseman took a fastball from..." August 13

  • Rockies Sign Ryan Howard To Minors Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies announced that they have agreed to a minor league contract with first baseman Ryan Howard. This is the second time this year the longtime Phillie has taken a minors pact. Howard signed one with the Braves back in April, but the 37-year-old only lasted about a month with the..." August 12

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • Rockies activate Bettis after rehab from cancer treatment, option to Triple-A

    CBS Sports "Bettis (testicular cancer treatment) was activated from the 60-day DL and optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. The Rockies had said that Bettis would join the big-league rotation when activated, but they apparently want to keep him facing minor-league hitters for now. " August 06

  • Rockies starter Kyle Freeland exits in 1st with groin strain

    ESPN "Colorado Rockies starter Kyle Freeland was forced to leave his start in the top of the first inning Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies with a left groin strain. Freeland, who leads major league rookies with 11 wins this season, was facing his third batter of the game, Aaron..." August 05

  • Greg Holland day-to-day due to “kitchen accident”

    Hardball Talk "Rockies closer Greg Holland is day-to-day due to a cut on one of the fingers on his throwing hand sufffered in a “kitchen accident,” Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. Holland, 31, has had a great comeback season after missing all of last season. He leads the majors with 33 saves and..." August 03