Rockies Rumors & News

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Ryan McMahon’s spot on Rockies roster could depend on final two weeks

    Denver Post "No question about it, Rockies infield prospect Ryan McMahon has had a solid spring training thus far, but his performance over the final two weeks of the Cactus League season could determine whether he makes the 25-man roster. That’s when McMahon will face big-league pitchers on a more..." March 14

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Carlos Gonzalez Gets Another Shot With the Colorado Rockies

    The Sports Daily "A lot can change over the course of a year — just ask outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. Before the 2017 season got underway, the Colorado Rockies offered their longtime player an extension that could’ve been worth up to three years and $45 million in an attempt to have him forgo free agency the..." March 10

  • Carlos Gonzalez coming off a bad year for the Rockies, but has bounced back before

    CBS Sports "The Rockies appear to be on the verge of bringing back outfield fixture Carlos Gonzalez on a one-year deal. The man we know as CarGo didn't exactly pick the correct season to have a down year, hitting free agency with his stock at a bit of a low point. Last season, Gonzalez hit .262/.339/.423..." March 09

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Rockies, Carlos Gonzalez reportedly near one-year deal

    Sporting News "Carlos Gonzalez and the Rockies are nearing a one-year deal, according to FanRag Sports. Gonzalez is coming off of one of the worst years of his career where he posted a .262 batting average with 14 home runs and 57 RBIs. The 14 home runs and 57 RBIs were career-worsts in years in which he..." March 08

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05

  • Nolan Arenado, Rockies unlikely to reach extension this spring "Rockies star third baseman Nolan Arenado said he and the club will not discuss the possibility of a contract extension until after the 2018 season. Considered one of the game's top stars at his position, Arenado refuses to let his possible free agency after the 2019 season become a distraction..." March 04

  • Rockies still interested in Mark Reynolds

    Hardball Talk "The Rockies are still pursuing free agent first baseman Mark Reynolds, per a report from Jon Morosi of MLB Network. The two have been linked since the start of the offseason, but don’t appear any closer to reaching an agreement as the club enters its final month of spring training. Reynolds,..." March 03

  • Slow Market Likely Means Record March Spending

    MLB Trade Rumors "In an offseason that’s been unlike any in big league history, it should come as no surprise that the month of March is on track for an unprecedented level of spending. While the remaining free agents at the top of the market almost certainly won’t find contracts matching the expectations they..." March 02

  • The cores of the baseballs used since 2015 have changed

    Hardball Talk "Last year two different studies — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur — found evidence that baseballs were altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season. In 2015, 4,909 home runs were hit across the league. That wasn’t..." March 01

  • MLBPA Files Grievance Against Four Teams Over Revenue Sharing Funds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has initiated a grievance proceeding against the Athletics, Marlins, Pirates, and Rays regarding those teams’ spending of revenue sharing dollars, according to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. This general issue has been..." February 27

  • Nolan Arenado says Carlos Gonzalez greatly missed in Rockies’ clubhouse

    Denver Post "Something big is missing from the Rockies’ spring training clubhouse. There’s no denying it. That something is Carlos Gonzalez. “I think it would be safe to say that everyone here misses him, really badly,” all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado said Monday. “Don’t get me wrong, I think we..." February 27

  • Major League Baseball orders balls stored in climate controlled rooms for some reason

    Hardball Talk "Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that Major League Baseball will mandate that teams store baseballs in “an air-conditioned and enclosed room[s]” this season. He adds that the league will install climate sensors in each room to measure temperature and humidity during the 2018 season, with..." February 23

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • The Rockies have a clear front-runner to play first base, and it’s not Ian Desmond

    Denver Post "Looking for intrigue at Rockies spring training? Look to first base. When position players gather for their first official workout Monday at Salt River Fields, the question about who will man the position remains unanswered. The issue became even more cloudy Sunday when veteran Ian Desmond..." February 20

  • Rockies' Parra expected to miss 4-6 weeks following hand surgery

    Denver Post "Rockies veteran outfielder Gerardo Parra will miss significant time during spring training after undergoing surgery to remove a broken bone in his right hand. Parra, whose hand was tightly wrapped when he walked into the clubhouse at Salt River Fields on Friday morning, had surgery last Friday..." February 16

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • Report: Rockies not signing Ichiro Suzuki despite rumor

    Larry Brown Sports "One reporter threw some cold water on a rumor that tied Ichiro Suzuki to the Colorado Rockies. Japanese outlet reported that Ichiro, who is a free agent, had some talks with the Rockies. Despite that report, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal says Ichiro will not be joining the Rockies." February 12

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Rockies’ promising starting rotation has chance to become best in team history

    Denver Post "There is a chance — a chance, mind you — that the Rockies will put their best starting rotation in franchise history on the mound this season. That tantalizing possibility is predicated on many things, but certainly, two things must happen. One, the Rockies’ core of young pitchers must stay..." February 12

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • Rockies’ long-term success depends on prospects striking gold

    Denver Post "Major League Baseball is a game of windows. Unless you are the Los Angeles Dodgers, a storied franchise playing in a mega-market with an annual mega-payroll, the window to postseason success usually doesn’t remain open for long. The Kansas City Royals know all about that. They waited 29..." February 05

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Brendan Rodgers’ goal is to make major-league debut for Rockies in 2018

    Denver Post "The kid is growing up. Growing up, not grown up. Not quite yet. But it’s clear that infielder Brendan Rodgers, the Rockies’ top prospect and the third overall pick in the 2015 draft, is miles removed from the wide-eyed, $5.5 million bonus baby who started his professional career at age 18,..." February 02

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01

  • Who Will Sign Jonathan Lucroy?

    MLB Trade Rumors "Jonathan Lucroy went into the offseason as the most prominent free agent catcher available, though with February just a day away, Lucroy is still looking for his next team. Yesterday’s news of an agreement between Alex Avila and the Diamondbacks took yet another potential landing spot off the..." January 31

  • Report: MLB recording dugout phone conversations to eliminate sign stealing

    12 Up "Yes, the MLB is actually ready to go this far. ​Last season, sign stealing became a big issue during a rivalry series between the ​New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. New York claimed that a staff member for the Red Sox was passing information from the video room to the players through the..." January 30

  • Rockies Sign Brooks Pounders To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies announced a host of invitations to Major League Spring Training on Monday, including a new minor league contract with right-hander Brooks Pounders. Pounders, 27, has appeared for the Royals and Angels in the past two seasons, totaling a combined 23 innings but struggling to a dismal..." January 29

  • Orioles reportedly have interest in Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Gonzalez

    Larry Brown Sports "After finishing dead last in the American League East last season, the Baltimore Orioles appear to be eyeing a pair of former All-Star outfielders to help reinvigorate their lineup. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported on Friday that the Orioles may have interest in trading for New York Yankees..." January 29

  • MLB now going out of its way to celebrate bat-flip immodesty

    New York Post "Even in January, “The Game has changed.” That’s the standard rationalization/half-explanation to a full one that, if completed, defies sense. Even now, when the NFL has about completed another season of trying to wring every last vestige of the sport from its sport — Vince Lombardi is rolling..." January 29

  • Former Marlins pitcher dies in Venezuela because of lack of medication

    Miami Herald "Marcos Carvajal, who had a brief stint with the Miami Marlins, died Wednesday in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, because of a pneumonia that was not treated in time because of lack of medication. According to press reports from that nation, Carvajal could not receive the medicines to treat pneumonia..." January 27

  • Report: Remaining free agents considering starting free agent spring training camp

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a couple of interesting pieces of information in his latest column. The first is that some of the remaining free agents — of which there are many — are considering starting their own spring training camp. The second is that the MLBPA is investigating whether or not..." January 26

  • Scott Boras Rips MLB, Says League Must Fix 'Noncompetitive Cancer'

    Bleacher Report "Prominent sports agent Scott Boras ripped Major League Baseball for allowing teams to tank seasons in order to acquire high draft picks and top prospects. Boras, whose clients have been impacted by a sluggish free-agent market during the current MLB offseason, referenced the 1919 Chicago White..." January 25

  • Charlie Blackmon and a look inside the backstabbing world of sports agents

    Hardball Talk "As the hot stove continues to run ice cold, let’s take a few minutes and look at the fun, weird world of agent politics. A little less than two weeks ago, Rockies All-Star center fielder Charlie Blackmon agreed to a one-year deal worth $14 million to avoid arbitration. That deal almost doubles..." January 24

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • Nolan Arenado setting high bar for Rockies’ young starters

    Denver Post "The Rockies’ sky-high expectations for the 2018 season rest, in large part, on their young starting rotation. All-star third baseman Nolan Arenado is excited about the rotation’s potential, but he’s setting a high bar for Jon Gray, German Marquez, Tyler Anderson, Jeff Hoffman and Antonio..." January 21

  • Did Charlie Blackmon get a bad deal?

    Fanrag Sports "Charlie Blackmon was part of the group of three-year, four-year and five-year arb-eligible position players who made a big score with his settlement. Or it seemed that way, anyway. Arbitration experts say that Blackmon’s $6.7 million raise was actually up to $2 million short of what he should..." January 20

  • Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury for Rockies' Ian Desmond?

    Newark Star-Ledger "As the baseball offseason becomes more and more about dollars and sense, potential moves and trades could start taking on the feel of salary cap leagues like the NBA and NHL. With Jacoby Ellsbury's long-term albatross handcuffing how the Yankees go about the rest of their winter business,..." January 17

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

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