Rockies Rumors & News

  • Why MLB will likely not join the NHL and NFL and move a team to Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "On Monday afternoon, National Football League owners approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The move is at least two years away, possibly three, but it has been agreed to. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move . Whenever the Raiders do move, they will become the second..." March 27

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB to 'Own the Next Generation' of Sports Fans

    Bleacher Report "Long before the first batter stepped into the box at the start of his tenure as the 10th commissioner in baseball history, Rob Manfred threw out his own first pitch: Chief among his priorities would be to captivate the next generation of sports fans in a way that he was captivated when his parents..." March 27

  • Story works to pair strong arm with power bat "Rockies shortstop Trevor Story's strong throwing would be his calling card, if not for his habit of hitting home runs -- 27 in 2016, a National League rookie record at his position. But Story notes that he cares as much for his arm as his bat. On competitive throws to first base, Story's..." March 26

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • Rockies' Black says Bettis eyeing summer return following chemotherapy

    Denver Post "Chad Bettis spent his Sunday scouting a minor-league game at Salt River Fields. On Monday, the veteran Rockies right-hander started chemotherapy, two weeks after learning his testicular cancer had returned. Bettis was pitching through spring training in full health after blood tests showed him..." March 20

  • Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis begins chemotherapy for testicular cancer

    USA Today "As the Colorado Rockies prepared for yet another routine day of spring training on Monday, pitcher Chad Bettis began Day 1 of chemotherapy for testicular cancer. Bettis, who thought he’d beat cancer after off-season surgery, announced earlier this month that it had unexpectedly spread. He will..." March 20

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • Rockies' Ian Desmond: Expected to return in late April

    CBS Sports "Desmond (hand) is expected to return in late April, KOA news radio's Steffan Tubbs reports. He will have surgery Wednesday to insert a metal plate in his left wrist to compensate for the fracture he sustained over the weekend. This is a shorter timetable than most were expecting, but it is also..." March 14

  • Rockies catcher Tom Murphy expected to miss 4-6 weeks

    ESPN "The Colorado Rockies lost another player Tuesday after learning catcher Tom Murphy will miss four to six weeks after sustaining a hairline fracture in his right forearm. Murphy's arm struck the bat of the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo while he was trying to throw to second against Chicago last..." March 14

  • Antonio Senzatela becoming legit rotation candidate for Rockies "Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela has shown this spring that while he respects hitters he has seen mostly on television, he believes he is good enough to beat them. In his second straight stellar Spring Training performance, Senzatela, a candidate for a season-opening rotation spot,..." March 14

  • Desmond to undergo surgery on broken left hand

    Denver Post "Ian Desmond’s big-deal opportunity to play with the Rockies will wait. The first-time first baseman who signed a five-year, $70 million contract in the offseason, will instead undergo surgery to repair a broken left hand, the Rockies said Monday. Desmond will have surgery Wednesday morning to..." March 13

  • Ian Desmond breaks his hand in Rockies spring game on errant Reds pitch

    Denver Post "The Rockies leaped into a risky move in December when they signed shortstop-turned-outfielder Ian Desmond to a rich, lengthy contract to play first base. The risk, it seemed, was asking him to suit up for a position he had never played. But the danger waiting for Desmond was at the plate. The..." March 12

  • Teammates rally to show support for Bettis "Playing catch isn't just for fun. That's what Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis has taught rookie rotation hopeful Jeff Hoffman. "Just out there playing catch and getting loose isn't good enough -- you have to demand a lot out of yourself, and Chad really takes that to the next level," Hoffman..." March 11

  • Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis needs chemotherapy after cancer spreads

    Denver Post "Chad Bettis beamed with relief last month when doctors showed him some promising cancer test results. But the Rockies right-hander will now require chemotherapy after doctors found his testicular cancer spread, he said Friday. Bettis, 27, who won 14 games last year to lead the Rockies, is the..." March 10

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • Morneau suits up for Canada, unsure he’ll play this MLB season

    Sportsnet "Justin Morneau was there in 2003 when Canada qualified for the Athens Olympics, returned to the national team in 2006 for the inaugural World Baseball Classic, suited up for the 2009 and 2013 tournaments, and will be in the lineup again Thursday in the fourth edition of the event. At 35,..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • David Dahl still sidelined with back injury, but Rockies hope he can play in spring training

    Denver Post "The good news on Rockies injured outfielder David Dahl? Manager Bud Black hopes that Dahl will be able to play in Cactus League games toward the end of spring training. The undetermined news? The team is still trying to figure out exactly what is causing the 23-year-old discomfort in his upper..." March 06

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • Rockies OF David Dahl out 'week or two' with back injury

    ESPN "Colorado Rockies outfielder David Dahl's back injury is more serious than the team initially thought, manager Bud Black told The Denver Post on Friday. Dahl was scratched from the lineup Monday because of back soreness and initially was expected to miss a few days. However, Black said Friday..." March 03

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • Bud Black says Chris Rusin definitely in the mix for Rockies’ starting rotation

    Denver Post "It’s only late February and there are still 31 practice games to go, but Chris Rusin is making an early run for a spot in the Rockies’ starting rotation. It’s not simply that the veteran left-hander has looked good in bullpen sessions and looked good throwing two scoreless innings Sunday..." February 27

  • FBI investigating stadium construction of Rockies' affiliate

    Hartford Courant "Federal criminal investigators have launched an investigation into the problem-plagued construction of the Dunkin' Donuts Park, the long-awaited home of the Hartford Yard Goats minor league baseball team, multiple sources have confirmed. FBI agents have been contacting people with ties to, or..." February 25

  • Rockies' Chad Bettis announces he's cancer-free: 'Today was a big day for me' "Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis loves operating on the outskirts early in Spring Training. But his health report was in the spotlight for good reason Wednesday. Bettis has periodic checkups since undergoing surgery for testicular cancer in late November. He had blood work done Tuesday, and..." February 24

  • No more excuses. GM Jeff Bridich insists it’s time Rockies show this is “truly a playoff team.”

    Denver Post "This is the year we finally find out if Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich knows what he’s doing. This is the team that will begin to define him, as either one of baseball’s bright young minds or just another guy who can’t figure out how to win at Coors Field. In his third season on the job,..." February 22

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Scott Oberg, back from blood clot scare, in the mix for Rockies’ bullpen

    Denver Post "Bullpen coach Darren Holmes stood outside the Rockies clubhouse Monday, talking about the promise of Carlos Estevez and Jairo Diaz, both of whom can throw a 100 mph fastball. Then, without prompting, Holmes said: “Don’t overlook Scott Oberg. He finished really strong last year and he looks..." February 14

  • 5 MLB teams that could disappoint in 2017

    Yardbarker "Pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training, and most teams have at least some optimism for the 2017 season. Some teams have higher hopes than others, with playoff appearances and World Series contention on their minds. Only ten teams can play into October, though, and here are a few..." February 14

  • The Rockies’ fifth starter spot is still up for grabs

    Hardball Talk "A report from Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post suggests that the Rockies have a few position battles ahead of them in spring training. That includes the back end of the starting rotation, where right-hander Jeff Hoffman is expected to compete with fellow righty German Marquez for the fifth..." February 12

  • Tennessee hires Helton as director of player development

    SEC Country "Todd Helton is back, and Tennessee fans can only hope the hometown hero’s presence help lead the program back to the success it once enjoyed. Helton’s job title under Coach Dave Serrano is “director of player development,” a volunteer role which allows the 1995 National Collegiate Player of the..." February 11

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17? "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • Diamondbacks sign Daniel Descalso to one-year deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks signed infielder Daniel Descalso to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Fellow infielder Phil Gosselin was designated for assignment to clear room on the D-backs’ 40-man roster. Descalso is used to the National League West, having spent the previous two seasons with the..." February 07

  • Trevor Story healthy, ready and pumped up for Rockies’ 2017 season

    Denver Post "Low key, intense and serious about his job, Trevor Story doesn’t unleash his mega-watt smile very often. So when he does, you can be certain the Rockies’ young shortstop is in a good place. “I’m so excited for spring training,” Story said recently. “I feel good, 100 percent ready to go. It’s..." February 07

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Will Rockies add more players? "The Rockies addressed their bullpen, as promised, with former Royals closer Greg Holland and former Marlins lefty Mike Dunn. They were creative in signing Ian Desmond, a former shortstop and center fielder, to play first base. But in this week's Inbox, fans are wondering if there is more that..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Reynolds returns to Rockies on minor-league deal

    Denver Post "Ian Desmond is the Rockies’ first baseman in training, but now there’s a chance veteran Mark Reynolds could be his backup in 2017. Reynolds, 33, was Colorado’s primary first baseman last season. He agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year, minor-league contract with the club. He also received an..." February 02

  • Cubs Acquire Eddie Butler, Designate Dylan Floro For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs announced that they’ve acquired right-hander Eddie Butler from the Rockies in exchange for minor league righty James Farris. Butler had been designated for assignment over the weekend. The trade also includes the Cubs sending their top international bonus slot, No. 28 overall, to the..." February 01

  • Rockies sign Dominic Brown to a minor league deal

    CBS Philly "Domonic Brown is getting another chance. According to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, the Colorado Rockies have signed Brown to a minor-league deal. Brown, 29, was outrighted from the Phillies’ roster on October 19, 2015 after hitting .228 with 5 home runs and 25 RBI in 63 games." January 31

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Rockies will look at using Hoffman in bullpen

    CBS Sports "The Rockies will look at using Hoffman in the bullpen in 2017, the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders reports. This comes from manager Bud Black, but it is unclear whether the Rockies intend on using Hoffman in the bullpen for a brief stretch to manage his innings, or whether they might..." January 26