Player News - Rockies

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals consider Greg Holland "too risky" to invest in on a multi-year contract.

Holland has often been connected to the Nats since they pursued him last winter, they're in the market for a reliever and he's a Scott Boras client. However, Rosenthal is hearing that Washington is more likely to sign a cheaper bullpen arm. Holland will surely try to get close to Wade Davis' three-year, $52 million contract but might wind up having to settle for something quite a bit less than that.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 12 - 8:51 AM

Rockies and LHP Chris Rusin avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.2875 million contract.

Rusin earned slightly more than the MLB minimum in 2017 while delivering a stellar 2.65 ERA (189 ERA+) and 71/19 K/BB ratio in 85 innings of relief. He'll remain a big part of Colorado's high-dollar bullpen in 2018.
Jan 11 - 2:33 PM

Rockies signed LHP Keith Hessler to a minor league contract.

Hessler pitched in the independent Atlantic League in 2017 after being released from the Padres' Triple-A team. He posted a 5.56 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 34 major league innings with the Diamondbacks and Padres between 2015-2016.
Jan 9 - 7:22 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says the Cubs are "now in the picture" for free agent reliever Greg Holland.

The Rockies' signing of former Cubs closer Wade Davis leaves the club with a need. The Cubs have already inked late-inning reliever Brandon Morrow this winter, but with Davis and Hector Rondon leaving, they surely could use more high-leverage arms. The Nationals, among others, are also believed to be in on the 32-year-old.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 6 - 10:20 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Mets have "had some contact" with Jonathan Lucroy's representatives.

Whether anything more than preliminary discussions have taken place isn't known. Catcher doesn't seem to be a high priority for the Mets, as they're mostly looking at infielders and outfielders, but perhaps they'll make a play for Lucroy if the price is right. Lucroy hit a disappointing .265/.345/.371 with six homers in his walk year.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 5 - 4:47 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Astros "could emerge as a landing spot" for Greg Holland.

Heyman also says the Astros could consider Addison Reed, as "some people within the Astros hierarchy view the closing spot as a potential issue for the team." Ken Giles struggled in last year's postseason, but he's coming off a regular season that saw him post a 2.30 ERA and 83/21 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings to go along with 34 saves. It's hard to see Houston paying a premium for a guy like Holland.
Jan 5 - 1:41 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Blue Jays, Orioles, Giants and Mets are among the teams that have shown interest in Carlos Gonzalez.

The Rockies also haven't ruled out re-signing CarGo, although it doesn't appear that they view him as a priority at this point. Heyman notes that Gonzalez might be best off taking a one-year "pillow" contract in hopes of re-establishing his value following a disappointing showing in 2017. The 32-year-old batted .262/.339/.423 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI over 136 games for the Rockies last season.
Jan 5 - 11:00 AM

David Dahl (back) will begin swinging a bat Thursday at the Rockies' spring training complex in Arizona.

Dahl was limited to 19 minor league rehab games in 2017 due to a stress reaction in the upper backside of his rib cage, but he'll carry a clean bill of health into 2018. "I feel great. I don't have any issues," Dahl told MLB.com on Wednesday upon arriving in Scottsdale. "I'm completely healed. I feel strong. I'm ready for spring training to get here so I can prove to everyone that I'm ready." The 23-year-old outfielder batted .315/.359/.500 over his first 63 major league games in 2016 and should not be a forgotten man in fantasy drafts this spring.
Jan 4 - 12:13 AM

Rockies General Manager told reporters on Friday that the Rockies plan to talk with Nolan Arenado about a contract extension.

There's no timetable as to when the contract extension talks will begin, but with Arenado set to become a free agent after the 2019 season, you would imagine that they would start sooner than later. Not only is the 26-year-old third baseman one of the best offensive talents in baseball, he's also arguably the best defender at the hot corner in the National League, if not all of baseball. If he were to hit the market, it wouldn't be hyperbole to assume he'd become one of the highest paid hitters in the league.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 02:54:00 PM

MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports the Rockies don't sound very excited about the possibility of re-signing free agent outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.

When asked about Gonzalez at a Friday press conference, Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich merely said "He's part of the market." The Rockies are looking for a corner outfield bat but may be ready to move on from Gonzalez, who has starred in Denver for the last nine years but slumped to a .262 batting average with 14 home runs and 57 RBI in 136 games in 2017. Several other teams are interested in the veteran slugger, including the Blue Jays, Astros, Athletics, Orioles and Phillies. Gonzalez has a career .977 OPS at Coors Field and a .735 OPS on the road, so switching teams could severely impact his fantasy production.
Source: MLB.com
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 08:26:00 PM


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