Player News - Rockies

Date: Team: Pos:

Rockies signed SS Anthony Phillips to a minor league contract.

Phillips, 26, spent the 2016 season in the Angels' organization where he slashed .259/.332/.317 with one homer, 37 RBI and nine stolen bases (11 caught stealing) in 114 games at Double-A Arkansas. He'll add minor league depth for the Rockies.
Jan 21 - 9:55 AM

Rockies signed C Tanner Murphy to a minor league contract.

The 24-year-old backstop spent the 2016 season playing for Winnipeg in the Independent American Association where he slashed .208/.277/.285 with one homer and 18 RBI in 164 plate appearances. He's nothing more than organizational catching depth for the Rockies.
Jan 21 - 9:07 AM

Rockies signed INF Alexi Amarista to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with a $2.5 million club option for 2018.

The deal was agreed to last month and then finalized Tuesday afternoon in Colorado after Amarista passed his pre-signing physical. He'll get a $1.1 million salary for 2017 and a $150,000 buyout promise on the $2.5 million option for 2018. Amarista carries no fantasy value -- even in Colorado -- as a 27-year-old utilityman with a paltry .230 career batting average and .596 career OPS.
Jan 17 - 5:06 PM

Rockies and RHP Tyler Chatwood avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.4 million contract.

The 27-year-old emerged as a fixture in the Rockies' starting rotation in 2016, going 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 117/70 K/BB ratio in 158 innings. He earned just $1 million in 2016 and is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to bring home $4.88 million in arbitration.
Jan 13 - 7:24 PM

Rockies and OF Charlie Blackmon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.3 million contract.

He had been projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $9 million, so the Rockies appear to have gotten considerable value here. Still, it's a hefty raise over the $3.5 million that he brought home in 2016 season. He's coming off a fantastic season in which he hit .324/.381/.552 with 29 homers, 82 RBI and 17 stolen bases and was one of the top five-category contributors in fantasy leagues.
Jan 13 - 7:22 PM

Rockies and 3B Nolan Arenado avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $29.5 million contract.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says Arenado will receive $11.75 million in 2017 and $17.75 million in 2018. He'll then be eligible for arbitration for a final time in 2019 before hitting free agency. Arenado has batted .291/.343/.572 over the last two seasons for the Rockies, topping 40 homers both years while also capturing a pair of Gold Gloves.
Jan 13 - 1:34 PM

Rockies signed OF Chris Denorfia to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Denorfia, 36, batted .255/.308/.382 with four homers in 36 games at the Triple-A level in the Giants organization last season. The veteran outfield has been known as a lefty masher throughout his career but has struggled against southpaws his last couple years in the majors.
Jan 13 - 8:32 AM

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich said Tuesday that there have not been any negotiations toward a contract extension with star third baseman Nolan Arenado.

Arenado is projected to make close to $13 million in 2017 -- his second year of salary arbitration -- after batting .294/.362/.570 with 41 home runs and an MLB-high 133 RBI in 160 games last season. "We will work on trying to get a one-year deal done and if things come up, just like anything else, we are going to keep an open mind to anything," Bridich told the Denver Post. Arenado, 25, is currently under the Rockies' control through 2019.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 10 - 10:32 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Alexi Amarista's contract with the Rockies will guarantee him $1.25 million.

The deal isn't official yet, but Heyman says Amarista will earn $1.1 million in 2017 and the Rockies have a $2.5 million option for 2018 with a $150,000 buyout. He'll operate in a utility role in Colorado, where he reunites with former manager Bud Black.
Jan 9 - 8:50 PM

In an interview with Jim Bowden of ESPN, Rockies' general manager Jeff Bridich made it clear that he's still looking to work out an extension with outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.

The veteran outfielder is entering the final year of his contract, but is a strong leader in the clubhouse and is coming off another terrific season. Bowden notes that the two sides are still very far apart, but there is mutual interest in getting a deal done.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 8 - 3:06 PM

Chad Bettis said Tuesday on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM that he's cancer-free.

Great news. Bettis underwent surgery in late November for testicular cancer, but he said Tuesday that he's "feeling great" and "ready to push forward." If all goes well, he should begin 2017 in the Rockies' rotation. Bettis, who turns 28 in April, posted a 4.79 ERA over 32 starts in 2016.
Jan 4 - 12:20 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Blue Jays' trade talks for Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon "do not appear to have much momentum right now."

An unidentified MLB team official told ESPN's Jayson Stark last month that the Rockies would only trade Blackmon this offseason for "an Adam Eaton type" return, and the Jays probably can't swing that unless they want to trade from their major league roster. Eaton fetched top pitching prospects Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning for the White Sox in an early-December blockbuster with the Nationals.
Jan 3 - 4:29 PM

Rockies signed C Maxx Tissenbaum to a minor league contract.

The 24-year-old played well in Independent ball in the Canadian-American Association last season, slashing .326/.397/.436 with seven homers and 47 RBI in 75 games. He has never played above High-A ball though and is nothing more than organizational catching depth for the Rockies.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 07:31:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that free agent utilityman Alexi Amarista has agreed to a one-year major league contract with the Rockies.

The contract will include a club option for 2018. Amarista was non-tendered by the Padres at the beginning of December after hitting just .257/.295/.271 in 65 games last season for San Diego. The 27-year-old can play all around the diamond defensively, but he holds a weak .230 career batting average and .596 career OPS in 1,725 plate appearances at the major league level. It's somewhat surprising he didn't have to settle for a minor league deal.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 12:52:00 PM

Rockies signed RHP C.C. Lee to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lee, 30, spent last season in Japan, holding a 6.48 ERA over 18 appearances. He's struggled in his chances in the majors to this point but will be given an opportunity to win a bullpen job.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 03:46:00 PM


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