Player News - Rockies

Date: Team: Pos:

According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, Rafael Betancourt is only interested in pitching next season if he is able to secure a major league contract.

The 40-year-old hurler had a miserable 2015 season, compiling a 6.18 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 40/12 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings. Finding a guaranteed deal seems like a long shot at this point, so we may have seen the last of Betancourt after 12 big league seasons.
Jan 31 - 9:52 PM

Rockies sent OF/1B Kyle Parker outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Parker was designated for assignment last week to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Gerardo Parra. It's mildly surprising that another club wasn't willing to gamble on his pedigree and talent despite his poor 2015 campaign. He'll continue to function as depth for the Rockies.
Jan 29 - 6:57 PM

Carlos Gonzalez could get some work at first base during spring training, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said recently.

"CarGo at first base is something we've talked about introducing a little bit this spring, but it's more of a potential longterm outlook," Weiss said. With the trade of Corey Dickerson there is no longer an immediate need to move the 30-year-old from a corner outfield spot, but up-and-coming outfield prospects David Dahl and Raimel Tapia could push him out sooner than later. We're not likely to see much of CarGo at first base this season, but it's something to keep in mind for the future.
Jan 28 - 10:49 PM

Rockies acquired RHP German Marquez and LHP Jake McGee from the Rays for OF Corey Dickerson and 3B Kevin Padlo.

The Rays were high on the righty and added him to their 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Marquez, 20, owned a 3.56 ERA in 139 innings at High-A this past season and is likely still a few years away from any meaningful contribution at the major league level.
Jan 28 - 9:05 PM

Rockies acquired LHP Jake McGee and RHP German Marquez from the Rays for OF Corey Dickerson and 3B Kevin Padlo.

McGee will immediately contend for the closer's role in Colorado, especially with Adam Ottavino in recovery from Tommy John surgery. The hard-throwing lefty posted a 2.41 ERA with 48 strikeouts over 37 1/3 innings this past season. He'll be a free agent after the 2017 season.
Jan 28 - 8:43 PM

Rays prospect German Marquez will go to the Rockies as part of the Corey Dickerson trade, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Marquez was added to the Rays' 40-man roster in November after posting a 3.56 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 104/29 K/BB ratio over 139 innings at High-A Charlotte last season. Any fantasy appeal he holds -- and at 20 years old, he's still years away -- is diminished by a move to Coors Field.
Jan 28 - 6:39 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Rockies have acquired LHP Jake McGee from the Rays as part of the Corey Dickerson trade.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier that Colorado was acquiring "multiple pitchers" and now we know McGee is one of them. Sherman said the trade also involves minor leaguers. The late innings were a nightmare for the Rockies last year and McGee should help in that area. With McGee out of the picture, Brad Boxberger will take over as the Rays' full-time closer.
Jan 28 - 3:55 PM

Rockies and OF Charlie Blackmon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

Blackmon requested $3.9 million and was offered $2.7 million by the Rockies when arbitration figures were exchanged. It took 10 days for the two sides to reach an agreeable midpoint. Blackmon, 29, batted .287/.347/.450 with 17 home runs and 43 stolen bases in 157 games last season for the Rockies. The 29-year-old center fielder should again be a fantasy stud in 2016, assuming Colorado doesn't trade him.
Jan 25 - 3:59 PM

Charlie Blackmon admitted he was "a little perplexed" when the Rockies signed Gerardo Parra but said "we'll find a way to make it work."

More realistically, the Rockies' front office will make it work by trading one of Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez or Corey Dickerson. Blackmon was complementary of Parra, calling him a "great player" while praising his arm strength. There's no easy platoon scenario as all four outfielders are left-handed. The Cardinals and Tigers have shown interest in trading for one of the Rockies' outfielders, though Detroit can probably be ruled out after signing Justin Upton to a six-year deal.
Jan 23 - 7:08 PM

Rockies signed C Cole Leonida to a minor league contract.

The 27-year-old backstop was released by the Nationals on May 13 after spending six years in the organization. A career .212/.314/.350 minor league hitter, he's nothing more than a depth signing for the Rockies.
Jan 23 - 8:54 AM

Rockies designated OF/1B Kyle Parker for assignment.

As expected, the move clears a spot for Gerardo Parra on the 40-man roster. Originally a first-round pick of the Rockies in 2010, Parker didn't progress as hoped in the minors and has hit just .182/.217/.295 over 64 games in the majors. He's still 26 years old, so somebody figures to take a chance on him.
Jan 20 - 1:46 PM

MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports that the Rockies are expected to designate Kyle Parker for assignment.

The move, which is expected to become official Wednesday, will be to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Gerardo Parra. A former first-round pick, Parker has disappointed in his chances at the big league level, hitting .182/.217/.295 over 64 games. Parker is just 26, so he could draw some interest on waivers.
Jan 19 - 11:20 PM

Rockies signed OF Gerardo Parra to a three-year, $26 million contract with a $12 million club option for 2019.

The option buyout is $1.5 million, so Parra is guaranteed at least $27.5 million. As it stands right now, Parra is in line to serve as a very active fourth outfielder for the Rockies. However, one of Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon or Corey Dickerson are likely to be traded before spring training in order to free up a starting spot. Parra, who will turn 29 in May, batted .291/.328/.452 with 14 home runs and 14 stolen bases last season between the Rockies and Orioles.
Jan 19 - 4:17 PM

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said during an appearance on MLB Network's "Hot Stove" show Tuesday that a recent report that he guaranteed Carlos Gonzalez he would not be traded was "overblown."

"He's been one of the cornerstone guys for us," explained Bridich. "So you have to think long and hard before you even consider listening on a guy like that. Just as much as he would be a value to another team, he's a value to us." The Rockies have reportedly agreed to a three-year, $27.5 million deal with Gerardo Parra, which likely sets the stage for a trade involving Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, or Corey Dickerson. Bridich indicated that he has been listening to offers, but hasn't found the right deal. CarGo is owed $37 million over the next two seasons and could be an appealing alternative to the likes of Yoenis Cespedes and Dexter Fowler.
Jan 19 - 2:57 PM

D.J. LeMahieu requested $3.3 million and was offered $2.8 million by the Rockies when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.

The 27-year-old infielder is arbitration-eligible for the first time and coming off a strong season offensively where he slashed .301/.358/.388 with six homers, 61 RBI and 23 stolen bases.
Jan 15 - 7:18 PM


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