Player News - Rockies

Date: Team: Pos:

Carlos Gonzalez said that "there's no conversation" with the Rockies regarding an extension right now.

"It’s up to them. They’re the ones that make the decision. We don’t make the decision. We just listen and work," Gonzalez said. He is entering the final year of his contract. In early January, general manager Jeff Bridich indicated that the team was hoping to work out an extension. There do not appear to have been any substantive talks since. This past season, the 31-year-old Gonzalez whacked 25 home runs and notched an even 100 RBI while slashing .298/.350/.505 in 584 at-bats.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 23 - 12:03 AM

Chad Bettis said that he received a clean bill of health following blood work which was done on Tuesday.

Bettis underwent surgery for testicular cancer in November. He told MLB Network Radio in early January that he was cancer-free. So far, so good. "I got the blood work back from the doctor, met with him today, and he said my tumor markers are not detectable," Bettis said on Wednesday. While this is nothing but stellar news, the Rockies will be understandably playing it safe with the 27-year-old right-hander this spring. He is not slated to pitch first time through the Cactus League rotation. A simulated game awaits him next Tuesday as he works toward Opening Day.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 22 - 7:17 PM

Rockies manager Bud Black wants Charlie Blackmon to run more this season.

Blackmon fell back to 17 stolen bases in 2016 after swiping 43 in 2015, with Black indicating that the drop was due in part to the outfielder's legs not feeling 100 percent. "Charlie is dangerous in (the batter’s) box and became a real threat, each and every time he got in the box or when he got on first base (in 2015)," Black said. "We’ve got to get back to that. We’ve talked about that a little bit. Charlie was a little bit banged up last year. He was able to play, but I don’t think his legs felt great." Blackmon dealt with separate toe issues on two occasions in 2016, so perhaps that's what Black is referring to. Regardless, it's encouraging from a fantasy perspective to hear that Blackmon might be in line to bounce back from a steals standpoint in 2017.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 19 - 10:15 AM

Carlos Gonzalez was non-committal Thursday when asked about the possibility of signing an extension with the Rockies.

Gonzalez is entering the final year of his contract with Colorado, and while both sides have expressed interest in a potential extension, he's not providing any indication that an agreement is imminent. "Do you know what’s going to happen tomorrow? I don’t know," said Gonzalez. "I might sign an extension … but I take it day by day now and I’m excited for this journey. It’s been the same situation for the past probably four to five years and I think it’s just part of my career. It’s a part of baseball." CarGo will be 32 in October, so this could be his final opportunity to land a lucrative long-term deal. He might ultimately prefer to test the open market. The Rockies have high hopes for this season, but CarGo could become a trade candidate if no agreement is reached and the team falls out of the race by midseason.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 16 - 8:28 PM

Scott Oberg (shoulder) said Monday that he's "all systems go" heading into spring training.

Oberg's season ended last year due to blood clots in his right arm and shoulder, and he also dealt with an infection to the sutures on his shoulder. However, he's fully recovered now. "There was a little bit of uncertainty on how I was going to progress and how I was going to come out of the surgery," Oberg said. "But fortunately I was able to have a fairy normal offseason. I began throwing the week after Thanksgiving."
Source: Denver Post
Feb 13 - 8:23 PM

Jair Jurrjens threw for Royals officials on Monday in Surprise, Arizona.

Jurrjens last appeared in the majors in 2014, when he allowed 20 hits and 11 earned runs in 9 1/3 innings (two spot starts) with the Rockies. Kansas City could give him a non-guaranteed minor league deal, but there is nothing official yet on that front. Jurrjens turned 31 years old in late January.
Feb 13 - 1:39 PM

Jeff Hoffman is expected to compete with German Marquez for the No. 5 spot in Colorado's starting rotation.

Hoffman finally arrived in the big leagues last season, collecting a 4.88 ERA over eight outings including six starts. The 24-year-old joined the Rockies' organization a year earlier in a trade that sent long-time shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays. Hoffman is the bigger name but Marquez made a rapid ascent through the minors last year and even got his feet wet in the majors as a September callup. Burdened by playing half their games at hitter-friendly Coors Field, neither will be recommended fantasy options heading into 2017.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 11 - 4:51 PM

Rockies signed C Elvin Soto to a minor league contract.

The 24-year-old spent the 2016 season in the independent Canadian-American Association where he slashed .246/.309/.377 with five homers and 39 RBI in 88 games. He's nothing more than organizational catching depth for the Rockies.
Feb 11 - 9:17 AM

Trevor Story (thumb) said he is "100 percent ready to go" for spring training.

Story's sensational rookie season ended in early August when he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, but he's had a fairly normal offseason and is fired up for the beginning of 2017. "I’m so excited for spring training," Story told the Denver Post. "I feel good, 100 percent ready to go. It’s just very exciting to get together with these guys and go out there and win. I think we can do something special. A lot of the guys feel that way."
Source: Denver Post
Feb 7 - 7:07 PM

Rockies signed 1B Mark Reynolds to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Reynolds is headed back to Colorado after hitting .282 with 14 homers for the Rockies in 2016. He won't see as much playing time as he did last year now that the Rockies have Ian Desmond to man first base. Reynolds will probably be limited to pinch-hitting and the occasional spot start, assuming he makes the big league roster. The 33-year-old hit .310 at Coors Field last year but only .255 in other parks.
Feb 1 - 8:10 PM

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post expects Adam Ottavino to open the year as the Rockies' closer.

The Rockies just signed former Royals closer Greg Holland to a one-year, $7 million deal but Saunders doesn't see him as an option in the ninth inning, at least in the early going. Holland is coming off Tommy John surgery and his velocity was way down when he held his showcase earlier this offseason. Ottavino pitched reasonably well last season, logging a 2.67 ERA over 34 appearances. It's hard to trust any pitcher who calls Coors Field home, but if you're going to choose a Rockies reliever in fantasy, Ottavino is probably the one to own.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 1 - 6:49 PM

Rockies acquired RHP James Farris and international bonus slot No. 28 from the Cubs for RHP Eddie Butler and international bonus slot No. 74.

Farris turns 25 in April and posted a 2.59 ERA, 13 saves, and 74/17 K/BB ratio over 66 innings between High-A and Double-A last season. He could surface in Colorado's bullpen pretty soon.
Feb 1 - 12:36 PM

Rockies signed OF Domonic Brown to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Brown was an All-Star back in 2013, but he has completely fallen off the map in recent years. The 29-year-old played exclusively with the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate last season while batting .239/.303/.336 with seven home runs and 41 RBI over 126 games. We're not banking on a sudden career turnaround.
Jan 31 - 1:51 PM

Adding details to the Greg Holland contract, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the deal includes a $15 million vesting option for 2018 that triggers if Holland appears in 50 games or finishes 30 games.

At that point, Holland would have the opportunity to exercise the option or decline and hit free agency. If he does not appear in 50 games or finish 30, there is a $10 million mutual option for 2018 which would include an additional $8 million in possible incentives and a $1 million buyout.
Jan 28 - 2:54 PM

Rockies signed RHP Greg Holland to a one-year, $7 million contract.

The deal includes incentives which could push the total as high as $14 million and also includes a conditional option for 2018. It's unclear if he'll begin the season in the closer's role or if he'll have to battle it out with Adam Ottavino in the spring, but either way he strengthens the back end of the Rockies' bullpen considerably.
Jan 28 - 10:37 AM


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