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Rockies acquired OF Noel Cuevas from the Dodgers to complete the Juan Nicasio trade.

Nicasio was dealt to Los Angeles in late November for a player to be named later. Cuevas is that player. The 23-year-old former 21st-round pick batted just .231/.285/.351 in 131 games this past season at Double-A Chattanooga. He's not much of a prospect.
Dec 16 - 5:06 PM

Rockies signed INF Daniel Descalso to a two-year, $3.6 million contract.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick passed along the contract terms. Descalso was non-tendered by the Cardinals earlier this month after batting just .244/.333/.311 over 104 games this past season, but he's capable of playing all over the infield. He'll essentially replace Josh Rutledge in a utility role.
Dec 16 - 2:10 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Dodgers have signed left-hander Brett Anderson to a one-year, $10 million contract.

Anderson could make an additional $4 million with incentives. It's hard to imagine anyone else came close to this offer given the southpaw's injury history, but the Dodgers can afford to take risks. Anderson was limited to just eight starts this past season and required surgery in August to repair a bulging disk in his lower back, but he doesn't turn 27 until February. There's some upside if he somehow manages to stay off the disabled list. Of course, we say that every year.
Dec 15 - 5:19 PM

LaTroy Hawkins revealed in an interview on MLB Network Friday that the 2015 season will be his final one.

It's no surprise, of course, as Hawkins will turn 42 later this month and 2015 is the final year on his contract. The veteran reliever doesn't miss bats anymore but has remained an effective reliever, this past season posting a 3.31 ERA and 1.20 WHIP for the Rockies. He'll enter the 2015 campaign as the team's closer.
Dec 12 - 10:41 AM

According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Marlins are not "confident of reaching a deal" for Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau.

MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reported Wednesday night that the Marlins were in "hot pursuit" of Morneau, but it seems that talks have cooled. Morneau batted .319/.364/.496 with 17 home runs and 82 RBI this past season for the Rockies and is only owed $6.75 million in 2015, so the Colorado front office probably has a lofty asking price.
Dec 11 - 1:47 PM

Braves selected RHP Daniel Winkler from the Rockies in the Rule 5 draft.

Winkler was the best pitching prospect available in today's draft, with the obvious caveat that he underwent Tommy John surgery in June. The Rockies still should have protected him. The Braves can stash him on the DL and let him rehab in the minors, meaning they won't have to add him to the roster until August or September. He's a nice pickup for Atlanta.
Dec 11 - 1:12 PM

Rockies acquired RHP Jairo Diaz from the Angels for INF Josh Rutledge.

The Rockies got themselves a really nice reliever here for Rutledge. Diaz had a 2.20 ERA and a 48/10 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings in Double-A last season before coming up in September and allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings for the Angels. With his high-90s fastball and slider, he could be a long-term closer for Colorado.
Dec 11 - 1:20 AM

The Marlins "appear to be in hot pursuit" of Justin Morneau, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

The Rockies signed Morneau on the cheap prior to the 2014 season and watched as he won the National League batting title, hitting .319/.364/.496 with 17 home runs and 82 RBI. He's signed for $6.75 million next year, so any offer would have to be worth the Rockies' while. If Morneau is moved, the Rox could slide Wilin Rosario into his spot at first base.
Dec 10 - 11:15 PM

A source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Rockies are getting "massive" interest in Corey Dickerson.

Rosenthal also notes that the Rockies would need to be overwhelmed to move him. And rightfully so after Dickerson batted .312/.364/.567 with 24 home runs this past season. The Rox do have a glut of outfielders, though, so it wouldn't be a shock to see them move one before spring.
Dec 10 - 10:41 PM

Thomas Harding of MLB.com hears the Mets would want Rex Brothers in any deal that would send Dillon Gee to the Rockies.

The Mets are in need of help from the left side in their bullpen, and Brothers was one of the game's best left-handed relievers prior to this past season. The 26-year-old struggled to a 5.59 ERA in 56 1/3 innings in 2014, but he still struck out nearly a batter per inning. Brothers is first-time arbitration-eligible this winter, so the southpaw should also be reasonably priced for a few years. We'll see if this deal has any legs.
Dec 10 - 6:30 PM

Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that the Indians continue to pursue free agent left-hander Brett Anderson.

The Twins, Astros, and Royals also reportedly have interest. Injuries have limited Anderson to just 19 starts over the past three seasons, but he doesn't turn 27 until February and was effective when healthy this past season. The upside could be worth it.
Dec 10 - 4:05 PM

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies and Rangers "continue to have discussions" about Wilin Rosario.

The Rockies have essentially given up on Rosario catching and want to deal him, and the Rangers make a lot of sense as a trade partner. Texas has a need for right-handed power and could use Rosario as a corner outfielder, designated hitter or catcher (or all three). Rosario is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Dec 9 - 9:04 PM

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich indicated Monday that Wilin Rosario is drawing more trade interest from American League clubs.

It make sense, as Rosario is a poor defensive catcher and could be better off as a designated hitter and part-time first baseman. Thomas Harding of MLB.com speculates that the Rangers could be a fit. Rosario batted .267/.305/.435 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI over 106 games this past season and is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Dec 9 - 12:57 AM

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Rockies have been "poking around" on a potential Troy Tulowitzki trade with the Mets, but he continues to hear that a deal is "not happening."

In other words, not much has changed over the past month. Rockies owner Dick Monfort is close with Tulo and is inclined to keep him or get the OK from his star shortstop before signing off on a deal. Things could change if the Mets (or someone else) gets aggressive, but at this point it looks like Tulo is staying put in Colorado.
Dec 8 - 2:24 PM

MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko reports that the Rockies have contacted the Orioles to gauge their interest in a trade for Drew Stubbs.

The Orioles have lost both Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis this offseason, so they are expected to be in the market for another outfielder. Kubatko hears that the Rockies hope to get pitching in return. Stubbs batted .289/.339/.482 with 15 home runs, 43 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in 132 games this past season, but did most of his damage at Coors Field.
Dec 8 - 9:16 AM


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