Rockies Rumors & News

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Rockies and DJ LeMahieu avoid arbitration

    Fanrag Sports "The Colorado Rockies and second baseman D.J. LeMahieu have agreed on a one-year deal worth $8.5 million for the upcoming 2018 season, avoiding arbitration, sources tell FanRag Sports. This was LeMahieu’s third season of arbitration eligibility, set to become a free agent for the first time in..." January 12

  • Rockies, Charlie Blackmon Avoid Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies have avoided arbitration with outfielder Charlie Blackmon by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $14MM, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports (Twitter link). The ACES client had a projected arbitration salary of $13.4MM, per MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz. Matt also took a more..." January 12

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Rockies’ David Dahl scheduled to begin swinging a bat again on Thursday

    Denver Post "David Dahl — finally — gets a chance to be a baseball player again. The Rockies’ talented outfielder, who did not play in a big-league game last season, is scheduled to begin swinging a bat again as he gears up for spring training. “I start swinging Thursday when I get back to Scottsdale,”..." January 04

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Ambitious Rockies hoping for baseball’s next lethal bullpen

    Sporting News "Fresh off their first postseason berth since 2009, the Rockies are far from satisfied. Colorado won 87 games in 2017, earning the last Wild Card despite a deep NL West that saw the Dodgers win 104 games and the Diamondbacks 93. Arizona ultimately sent the Rockies home after one game in October,..." January 02

  • Rockies will likely look to acquire corner bat

    MLB.com "After fortifying the bullpen with a successful December shopping spree, Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said on Friday that he will take a deep breath before putting the finishing touches on the offseason plan. Bridich set catching and relief pitching as priorities. He filled those by..." December 31

  • Rockies agree to deal with closer Wade Davis

    Sportsnet "The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a deal with free agent closer Wade Davis, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. At a reported three years and $52 million, the contract is the highest per-year salary ever for a relief pitcher. Davis has firmly established himself as one of MLB’s top..." December 29

  • The Reds sign reliever Jared Hughes to a two-year deal

    Cincinnati Enquirer "In their first move of the offseason, the Cincinnati Reds have signed right-handed reliever Jared Hughes to a two-year deal with a club option for a third year, the team announced Tuesday. The 32-year-old Hughes had been non-tendered by the Milwaukee Brewers last month. Hughes will make $2.125..." December 26

  • Rockies Reportedly Talking With Addison Reed

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies have already re-signed Jake McGee and landed Bryan Shaw (both on three-year deals), and they’re now talking with free-agent righty Addison Reed, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports (on Twitter). They’re also still “in touch” with Greg Holland and former Cubs closer Wade Davis, per..." December 21

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • Rockies, Royals In On Mark Reynolds

    MLB Trade Rumors "It seems as though the Rockies are “strong contenders” to re-sign Mark Reynolds, who played first base for the club in the majority of their 2016-2017 games. The insight comes via a tweet from Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, who also notes that the Royals are looking at Reynolds as a backup plan..." December 13

  • Rockies bolster bullpen, close in on Greg Holland deallpen, too

    Sporting News "The Rockies, intent on bolstering their bullpen, did so Tuesday and Wednesday with a one-two punch of adding right-hander Bryan Shaw and then agreeing to a deal to retain left-hander Jake McGee. The question: Is there such thing as a one-two-three punch? With a couple of key setup roles..." December 13

  • Jake McGee, hard-throwing lefty reliever, returning to Rockies

    Denver Post "The Rockies continued to bolster their bullpen Wednesday by agreeing to a contract to bring left-handed reliever Jake McGee back to Colorado. A major-league source confirmed the news, but the Rockies have not made the signing official. The new agreement is a three-year deal with a team option..." December 13

  • Rockies agree to 3-year deal with Bryan Shaw

    Fanrag Sports "The Colorado Rockies have reached an agreement to land veteran relief pitcher Bryan Shaw on Tuesday night, sources tell FanRag Sports. Joel Sherman of the New York Post was the first to report a deal was close. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports the deal is worth around $9 million annually for three..." December 12

  • Mets, Rockies, Mariners, Jays Showing Interest In Jay Bruce

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays are also interested in Bruce, Jon Heyman of FanRag tweets. Of course, the Jays nearly traded for Bruce when he was a member of the Reds in February 2016, and they went on to show interest in him again last offseason. While the Mariners are reportedly in on Bruce, Greg Johns of..." December 11

  • Phillies close to signing Pat Neshek to two-year deal

    Philly.com "The Phillies, a source said, are close to a deal to sign reliever Pat Neshek, who represented the team in last year’s All Star Game before being traded two weeks later to Colorado. Neshek was excellent last season with the Phillies after being acquired from Houston as a salary dump. " December 11

  • Cardinals, Rockies “Aggressively Pursuing” Alex Colome

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals and Rockies have their sights firmly set on Alex Colome. Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports that both teams are “aggressively pursuing” the Rays closer. Though the Cardinals signed Luke Gregerson to a one-year pact only yesterday, it seems they’re not done adding to a..." December 11

  • Chris Iannetta Reportedly Signs 2-Year Contract with Colorado Rockies

    Bleacher Report "Veteran catcher Chris Iannetta reportedly agreed to a deal with the Colorado Rockies on Friday. Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Iannetta's contract is for two years. Iannetta, 34, will be playing for his fourth team in as many years. He had a solid 2017 campaign for the Arizona..." December 08

  • Cubs Sign Tyler Chatwood to 3-Year Deal

    NBC Chicago "The Chicago Cubs have been linked with some high-profile free agents on the pitching market, and they’ve finally made their first splash as they signed Tyler Chatwood to a three-year deal. Chatwood, who has pitched for the Colorado Rockies over the last six seasons, posted an 8-15 record with a..." December 07

  • Greg Holland, Mike Moustakas named MLB Comeback Players of the Year for 2017

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball announced Friday that Colorado Rockies closer Greg Holland and Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas have won the 2017 Comeback Player of the Year Awards in the National League and American League, respectively. Holland missed all of 2016 after undergoing Tommy..." December 01

  • Rockies’ offseason choices expanding for closer, catcher and first baseman

    Denver Post "The hot stove is on simmer, something that is beginning to drive hard-core baseball fans a little bonkers. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick wrote a terrific piece last week, explaining why the offseason has been so slow. He noted that the pending trade of slugger Giancarlo Stanton, the luxury tax and an..." November 28

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • Charlie Blackmon Changes Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon has changed representation and is now a client of the ACES agency, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (Twitter link). The move comes at a crucial time for Blackmon, who is eligible for arbitration once more this winter before reaching free agency next..." November 28

  • Orioles To Acquire Konner Wade From Rockies For International Bonus Money

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies are receiving $500K worth of international bonus money from the Orioles in the trade, tweets Rich Dubroff of PressboxOnline.com. As Matt Eddy of Baseball America points out, the O’s have now made eight trades sending away their international bonus pool funds since the signing period..." November 24

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • 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