Colorado Rockies: Analyzing and Grading the 2016 Catchers

NICK HUNDLEY: 2016 GRADE C-, fWAR 0.3 Now that Nick Hundley is drawing interest from other clubs in free agency, the Colorado Rockies are comfortable that their up-and-coming catching corps are capable of replacing him. A 33-year-old Hundley put more up a .260/.320/.439 line in 83 games in 2016. Considering that most catchers in the […] Colorado Rockies: Analyzing and Grading the...
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2 hours ago

Rumor Roundup: Rockies Dig the Long Ball by Ashley Varela

The Rockies are itching for more power at Coors Field, the Nationals are getting less picky about their closers, and the Padres are weighing their shortstop options.
Via Baseball Prospectus
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies Rumors: Latest on Blackmon and Trumbo Talk

Baseball’s winter meetings may have concluded but that doesn’t mean the rumors surrounding the Colorado Rockies have died down. Despite agreeing with Ian Desmond on a five-year, $70 million contract and reportedly asking him to play first base, the Rockies are reportedly still very much in the hunt for Mark Trumbo. The right-handed slugger who […] Colorado Rockies Rumors: Latest...
Via Roxpile
14 hours ago

Rockies reportedly still deeply involved in talks for Mark Trumbo

The Colorado Rockies may not be done spending just yet. According to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports on Thursday, the Rockies remain “deeply involved” in talks for free agent slugger Mark Trumbo, just one day after agreeing to a five-year, $70 million deal with Ian Desmond. The #Rockies remain deeply involved in talks for free agent Mark Trumbo. If the Rockies land him...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rox exit Meetings with big bat, bigger questions

The Rockies leave this year's Winter Meetings having landed -- unconfirmed by the club and pending a physical -- free-agent right-handed hitter Ian Desmond, but with their shopping incomplete.
21 hours ago

Ian Desmond: The Colorado Rockies new closer

  After rumors had been swirling for weeks that the Colorado Rockies prime focus of the offseason was to revamp their bullpen, the wait is officially over. The Rockies answered fans prayers to get an elite bullpen arm when they signed a top free-agent target in Ian Desmond. Desmond is not your typical relief pitcher, in fact, he is a shortstop turned outfielder. But with a weak...
Via BSN Denver
1 day ago

Jeff Bridich’s next order of business? Prop up Rockies’ bullpen

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The winter meetings ended here Thursday morning as general managers and their entourages scrambled to catch flights home, but that doesn’t mean the business of baseball is done. Especially not for the Rockies. General manager Jeff Bridich said he expects the hot stove to stay hot over the next two weeks. “We can be active, I hope we are,” Bridich said...
Via The Denver Post
1 day ago

Colorado Rockies: what does the Ian Desmond signing mean?

Have the Colorado Rockies found a winning option at first base? Maybe, but newly acquired Ian Desmond comes at a pretty penny and has a handful of challenges to overcome to help the Rockies win in 2017.  The Rockies inked former Texas Rangers outfielder to a five-year deal worth $70 million, an average of $14 million a year. The Rockies have struggled to find a productive first...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Rockies signed Ian Desmond: what are they thinking?

Their next moves will tell, but we can start to guess some things that they think. When the Colorado Rockies get national attention, it’s usually writers and analysts cracking different versions of the same joke: Oh, those silly Rockies. Another weird move. What are they thinking? We’ll never understand the Rockies. The front office has delivered plenty of moves worthy of this...
Via Purple Row
1 day ago

Colorado Rockies Get Incomplete Grade for Winter Meetings

Baseball’s winter meetings have officially concluded and the dust is beginning to settle from a dizzying amount of signings, trades and rumors. So how did the Colorado Rockies fare during the biggest event of the offseason? Colorado made one notable splash during the week, signing Ian Desmond to a five-year, $70 million deal. It was […] Colorado Rockies Get Incomplete Grade for...
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1 day ago

Rockies’ Ian Desmond signing will have domino effect, many say

Colorado Rockies news and notes for Thursday, December 8 Everyone catch their breath yet? Good, because if the rumors out there are any indication, yesterday’s signing of free agent shortstop outfielder first baseman baseball player Ian Desmond are just the beginning for the Rockies. There seems to be a lot of confusion about this move, at least in isolation, and the baseball...
Via Purple Row
1 day ago

Rockies Looking To Acquire Pitching

With Ian Desmond now in Colorado and free agent slugger Mark Trumbo a candidate to join him, the Rockies may soon have a surplus of quality position players. Center fielder Charlie Blackmon’s name was already in the rumor mill before the Rockies agreed to a five-year, $70MM deal with Desmond on Wednesday, so the odds of the team moving him have perhaps increased since. General...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Report: Ian Desmond, Rockies agree to $70M, 5-year contract

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- All-Star free agent outfielder Ian Desmond and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $70 million, five-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced.A versatile 31-year-old, Desmond hit .285 with 22 homers and 86 RBIs this year...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

MLB free agency: Rockies’ signing of Ian Desmond a poor use of resources

There are pros and cons to the Desmond signing. Most fall under the latter characterization. The Colorado Rockies shocked everyone at the winter meetings on Wednesday, signing free agent Ian Desmond to a five-year, $70 million deal. Desmond is about two years removed from turning down a nine-figure extension with the Washington Nationals in a decision that backfired when he hit...
Via Purple Row
1 day ago

BSN Rockies Podcast: Ian Desmond could be a disaster or a panacea

  On this episode of the BSN Rockies Podcast, Drew Creasman breaks down every facet of today’s Ian Desmond signing news. Is he the Colorado Rockies first baseman for the next five years? Is he going to fulfill more of a super-utility role? What does this mean for Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez? Can Desmond’s versatility and well-structured deal make up for the hefty overall...
Via BSN Denver
1 day ago

Desmond at 1st could work for Rockies

The Rockies have agreed to terms with Ian Desmond. Message delivered. The Rockies are not looking at the future. The focus is on here and now.
1 day ago

Desmond’s deal with Rockies is puzzling, opens door for trades

The newest member of the Colorado Rockies is shortstop/outfielder Ian Desmond, who inked a five-year, $70 million deal with the team on Wednesday morning. Sources confirm: Desmond getting five years, $70M from #Rockies. @Joelsherman1, @jonheyman on it. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 7, 2016 This is fine. The money isn’t outrageous. Five years isn’t too...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

AP source: Desmond, Rockies agree to $70M, 5-year contract

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that All-Star free agent outfielder Ian Desmond and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $70 million, five-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced. The 31-year-old Desmond hit .285 with 22 homers and 86 RBIs this year...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ian Desmond Signs with the Rockies

The curveballs just keep coming at the 2016 Winter Meetings, as Ken Rosenthal just reported a whopper: Sources: Ian Desmond to #Rockies. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 7, 2016 While we were all trying to process exactly where Ian Desmond would play for the Rockies, since they’re nominally all set at the positions he plays, Rosenthal struck again: Source: Desmond...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ian Desmond agrees to five-year deal with Rockies

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Rockies have come to a contract agreement with free agent outfielder/infielder Ian Desmond. The contract is for five years, $70 million, pending a physical, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Rockies are in need of a first baseman, but at this point it’s not certain if the club will transition Desmond to first or if the move sets up...
Via The Denver Post
2 days ago

Lyles, Rockies agree to $3,175,000, 1-year deal

DENVER (AP) Facing the possibility of getting cut by the Colorado Rockies later this week, right-hander Jordan Lyles agreed Wednesday to a one-year contract worth $3,175,000 - a $200,000 raise. Lyles was mostly used out of the bullpen by the Rockies last season. He made the first of his 35 relief appearances on June 22 after being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque and went 4...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies rumors: which closer makes the most sense?

The Colorado Rockies are targeting several key free agent this offseason, none more important perhaps than help for the bullpen. Multiple sources report the Rockies are pursuing free agent Mark Melancon, hopefully as the main closer for Colorado.  The Colorado native Melancon has never allowed a run at Coors Field in six games pitched, crediting his success to the fact that he learned...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Bud Black on Managing (and Run-Prevention) in Colorado

Bud Black has made a lot of tactical decisions at Coors Field. He’s done so from the visiting dugout, having previously served as the skipper of the San Diego Padres. His perspective will be different going forward. Following a year-long stint as a special assistant in Anaheim, Black is now at the helm in Colorado. The Rockies named the 59-year-old former big-league lefty as their...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies Prospect Watch: Kyle Freeland and Sam Moll

The Colorado Rockies are inching their back to postseason contenders. It is possible that they are just one or two players away from legitimate threats. While the offense continues to flourish inside the hitter-friendly Coors Field, the pitching is still looking for consistency. Perhaps these two pitching prospects, which got plenty of appearances in AAA Albuquerque, can help the...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 24 Prospects: Colorado Rockies

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the Colorado Rockies farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on the 20-80 scouting scale by which...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

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