Player News - Rockies

Date: Team: Pos:

Brewers' general manager David Stearns said Sunday that the club is content with their trio of catchers and they aren't interested in a possible reunion with Jonathan Lucroy.

Lucroy continues to sit on the open market as spring camps have opened throughout Florida and Arizona, but a reunion in Milwaukee doesn't seem to be in the cards. The Brewers will enter the season with Manny Pina, Stephen Vogt and Jett Bandy behind the dish.
Feb 18 - 10:43 PM

Rockies' general manager Jeff Bridich told Jim Bowden of Sirius XM that he has continued to keep in touch with Scott Boras regarding Carlos Gonzalez.

The Rockies are flush with quality options in their outfield, so a return to Colorado still looks unlikely, but Gonzalez hasn't been a hot commodity on the free agent market. The Blue Jays, Orioles, Giants and Mets are among the teams that have kicked the tires on the veteran outfielder.
Feb 18 - 9:09 PM

Ian Desmond indicated Sunday that he's been told he'll be playing "mostly left field" this spring.

"I will be ready to play first base if they need me to, but right now, from what I understand it’s going to be mostly left field," Desmond said. It's good news for the fantasy prospects of Ryan McMahon, who appears pegged for the first base job at the moment. Of course, the Rockies haven't ruled out a reunion with Mark Reynolds, so we can't lock in McMahon just yet. Desmond seeing more time at first base would free up playing time in the outfield for Raimel Tapia and/or David Dahl.
Feb 18 - 12:50 PM

Gerardo Parra underwent surgery on February 9 to remove the hamate bone from his right hand.

Parra said he expects to return around March 8-10, which would be a fairly aggressive timetable. If he is able to make it back by that time, he'll have no problem getting ready in time for Opening Day. Parra currently looks pegged to be the Rockies' right fielder after batting .309/.341/.452 with 10 home runs for them last season. If the veteran outfielder's rehab progresses slower than expected and he needs a disabled list stint, it could potentially open up a job for Raimel Tapia or David Dahl.
Feb 16 - 10:30 AM

Rockies manager Bud Black said he'll take a "serious look" at hitting Charlie Blackmon in the heart of the order this season.

Blackmon brought up the idea last month in a chat with MLB.com's Thomas Harding while noting that he hadn't yet discussed it with management. The 31-year-old center fielder slugged 37 home runs last season as a leadoff man and that power might play a little better in the No. 3 hole, but this possibility is only in the experimental stages for now. Ian Desmond, David Dahl, and Raimel Tapia would be the options to take over at leadoff for Colorado. DJ LeMahieu will likely hit second, with Nolan Arenado maybe moving into the cleanup spot.
Feb 14 - 12:03 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick is hearing that Mark Reynolds "is still a potential fit" with the Rockies.

At the moment the Rockies have youngster Ryan McMahon penciled in at first base, but they could ultimately decide to bring Reynolds back. The 34-year-old had to settle for a minor league contract last winter but is holding out for a guaranteed deal this time around after he slugged 30 homers in 2017. It's an understandable stance from Reynolds, but with plenty of other first base options on the market he might not get what he wants.
Feb 9 - 12:24 PM

Rockies signed RHP Brooks Pounders to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Pounders, a former second-round pick of the Pirates, holds a brutal 9.78 ERA in 23 career major league innings. The 27-year-old right-hander will try to turn things around in the Rockies' system. He figures to open the 2018 season in the bullpen at Triple-A Albuquerque.
Jan 29 - 2:21 PM

Although it's not something he's discussed with the team, Charlie Blackmon is open to moving out of the leadoff spot if the Rockies want to try it.

That Blackmon has gone from hitting 19 and 17 homers in his first two seasons as a regular to 29 and 37 the last two years would be the reason for trying him as a No. 3 hitting in between D.J. LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado. Still, Blackmon drove in 104 runs last year despite hitting leadoff, and it seems like the best strategy here would be to leave well enough alone. If the Rockies want to do something a little different, maybe they could hit Chris Iannetta ninth, which would result in a few more men on base for Blackmon.
Jan 25 - 10:18 PM

Rockies manager Bud Black said Saturday that David Dahl (back) will be "full go" at the beginning of spring training.

Dahl was limited to 19 minor league rehab games last season because of a stress reaction in his rib, but he began swinging a bat earlier this month and is feeling good. "He’s engaged, he’s running, he’s lifting weights, he’s swinging at 100 percent," Black said. "Right now there are no concerns, and medically everybody feels really good about David." It's certainly good news that he's feeling healthy, but Dahl is poised to begin the season back in the minors given the Rockies' outfield depth. That said, he remains a high-upside, five-category talent, so if/when he gets an opportunity, he could be a difference-maker.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 21 - 12:39 PM

Charlie Blackmon said Saturday that he's open to a long-term contract extension with the Rockies.

"It’s two-way street," Blackmon said. "I like being here, I really like the people and I like my teammates. Hopefully something happens, that would be great. … I think it’s possible. I think that happens to a lot of players. They sign a one-year contract in arbitration and then sign an extension some time in spring training." Blackmon changed agents back in November and avoided arbitration earlier this month by agreeing to a one-year, $14 million contract. While he's open to a long-term deal like most every impending free agent, the odds of one coming together just aren't very high. Blackmon will be 32 when he hits the open market next winter.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 21 - 12:34 PM

Mark Reynolds told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post that he is open to returning to the Rockies, but only on a guaranteed major league deal.

Reynolds signed a non-guaranteed minor league contract with the Rockies last winter and went on to tally 30 home runs and 97 RBI in 148 games. "I think I proved last year that I can produce and help a team," Reynolds said Tuesday. "I am looking to sign a major-league deal. … Things are different this year." The veteran free agent would be a nice complement to young Rockies first base prospect Ryan McMahon in 2018, but Colorado's front office might continue to slow-play this one. Reynolds' poor offensive splits away from Coors Field greatly limit his appeal to other teams with less-hitter-friendly home environments.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 16 - 8:01 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals' interest in Greg Holland "is, at most, tempered."

Holland has often been connected to St. Louis since they have an apparent need at closer and the former Rockie is one of the premiere options on the market. However, it doesn't appear Holland is a priority for the Cardinals, at least not at his current asking price. It's also been reported that the Nationals aren't really as interested in Holland as had been previously reported.
Jan 14 - 1:26 PM

Rockies and 2B D.J. LeMahieu avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $8.5 million contract.

The 29-year-old slashed .310/.374/.409 with eight homers, 64 RBI and 95 runs scored last year. He will be a free agent next winter.
Jan 12 - 7:18 PM

Rockies and RHP Chad Bettis avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Bettis was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He held a 5.05 ERA over nine starts in 2017 after making it back from cancer.
Jan 12 - 3:12 PM

Rockies and OF Charlie Blackmon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $14 million contract.

It's nearly double what he made last season ($7.3 million). The big raise is well-earned, of course, after Blackmon batted .331/.399/.601 with 37 homers, 104 RBI, and 14 steals in 2017. He's set to hit the open market next winter as part of the talented 2018-19 free agent class.
Jan 12 - 9:53 AM


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