Rockies Rumors & News

  • Rockies, Alexi Amarista agree to 1-year deal

    Denver Post "Utility player Alexi Amarista officially has a new baseball home. Amarista, 27, signed a one-year deal with the Rockies Tuesday. The deal, which had been pending since Dec. 26, was made official after Amarista passed his physical. He’ll play for a $1.1 million salary in 2017, and is guaranteed..." January 18

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Rockies ink Arenado to 2-year, $29.5M deal

    USA Today "The Colorado Rockies avoided salary arbitration and locked down Nolan Arenado for the next two seasons. The two-time All-Star and the Rockies agreed to a two-year $29.5 million extension on Friday. Arenado's new deal will pay him $11.75 million in 2017 and $17.75 million in 2018. He still..." January 13

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Rockies seeking to bolster bullpen as spring training nears; talks with Carlos Gonzalez continue

    Denver Post "With just over a month to go before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, the Rockies will continue to make upgrading their bullpen a top priority, general manager Jeff Bridich said Tuesday during a conference call. “We are still fairly active and engaged in both the free-agent..." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Rockies GM, CarGo hoping for contract extension

    Hardball Talk "The Rockies are still working on an extension offer for Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado GM Jeff Bridich says (via ESPN’s Jim Bowden). The 31-year-old outfielder is one season away from polishing off the seven-year, $80.5 million contract he signed with the Rockies in 2011, but both sides appear amenable..." January 09

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Rockies' Chad Bettis is cancer free after surgery in November

    CBS Sports "Back in November, Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis was diagnosed with testicular cancer and soon thereafter underwent surgery to remove one of his testicles. He said at the time he expects to be ready for spring training. Bettis gave an update on his condition during a radio interview Wednesday,..." January 04

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • Rockies 'check in' on Holland

    MLB.com "The Rockies have "checked in" with free-agent right-hander Greg Holland -- one of the game's top closers before missing 2016 because of a right elbow injury, general manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged on Wednesday. BSN Denver, citing a source, reported that the Rockies have approached Holland..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Rockies' Alexi Amarista: Signs with Rockies on one-year deal

    CBS Sports "Amarista agreed to a one-year contract with the Rockies on Monday that includes a club option for 2018, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. The 27-year-old was non-tendered by the Padres earlier in December, but he'll remain in the NL West and reunite with his former manager Bud Black." December 26

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Rockies 'Keeping Track' Of Edwin Encarnacion, Mark Trumbo

    Real GM Baseball "The Colorado Rockies continue to keep an eye on high-profile sluggers such as Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo, according to Jeff Bridich. "It would be stupid of us not to keep track," Bridich told MLB Network Radio." December 21

  • Rockies GM shoots down Carlos Gonzalez, Blackmon talk

    CBS Sports "For a long time, trade rumors have swirled about Rockies outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon. The Rockies of course typically operate on a somewhat tight budget, and Blackmon, who made $3.5 million last season, is second-year arbitration-eligible for 2017 and thus in line for a big..." December 20

  • Chad Bettis says baseball prepared him for cancer diagnosis

    MLB.com "Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis isn't the type to wonder. If there's an issue, he's going to research and plan action. For example, at season's end, the Rockies have exit meetings in which they discuss offseason areas of improvement. Before anyone spoke to Bettis after a solid 2016 -- 14-8,..." December 17

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Rockies' newest reliever Dunn already eyeing closers' job

    Denver Post "Mike Dunn is not going to immediately, nor single-handedly, fix what ails the Rockies’ bullpen. But the 31-year-old left-hander certainly brings a can-do attitude and some impressive credentials to the endeavor. Outfitted in his new Rockies baseball cap and No. 38 jersey, Dunn stressed,..." December 16

  • Rockies reportedly set high asking price for Charlie Blackmon

    CBS Sports "With Adam Eaton and Dexter Fowler each finding homes last week, clubs seeking a new center fielder and leadoff hitter have had to change their focus. As a result, Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies has become a more popular target. Yet anyone hoping to acquire Blackmon will have to pay..." December 16

  • Rockies in negotiations with Trumbo, Encarnacion

    USA Today "Funny, you don’t hear the Colorado Rockies whining about their division rivals’ massive payrolls. You don’t see them blaming the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants for their fall into obscurity in the National League West. Instead of making loud headlines with complaints, the..." December 15

  • GM tells Charlie Blackmon to take rumors with 'grain of salt'

    MLB.com "Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Tuesday that he has told center fielder Charlie Blackmon to take trade rumors involving him "with a huge grain of salt." Since news broke last week of the signing of Ian Desmond to a five-year, $70 million contract -- which went official when he passed..." December 15

  • Rockies To Sign Mike Dunn

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies and free-agent left-hander Mike Dunn are closing in on a multi-year contract, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports (on Twitter). FOX’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that the two sides are working on a three-year deal worth at least $18MM. FanRag’s Jon Heyman reports that there’s a deal..." December 15

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • Chad Bettis says he expects to make full recovery from testicular cancer

    ESPN "Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis has been diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent surgery to have one of his testicles removed in late November, he said in a statement to ESPN on Monday night. Bettis, 27, said he expects to make a full recovery and will be ready to report for spring..." December 13

  • Rockies Making Strides to Win Now, But Have More Work To Do

    Baseball Essential "With the signing of Ian Desmond to a five-year contract worth $70 million, Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich has given all implications that the Rockies will compete for a postseason berth next season. The Rockies have been more bold this winter than some may have anticipated, and they..." December 12

  • Rockies expressing interest in Orioles' Gausman

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the Rockies made the curious decision to sign Ian Desmond to a five-year contract worth $70 million. It seems Desmond will split his time at first base and the outfield, at least for the time being. As soon as the Desmond news broke, many folks speculated the..." December 11

  • Giants looking to add power, have checked in on Mark Reynolds

    KNBR "With the Giants $5 million over the luxury tax following the signing of new closer Mark Melancon, general manager Bobby Evans has said the team is unlikely to make any more big multi-year signings this offseason. While another splash might not be on the horizon, San Francisco is still looking..." December 11

  • Report: Rockies want a “front-of-rotation-type pitcher” through trade

    Hardball Talk "The Rockies are looking for a “front-of-rotation-type pitcher,” per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. He notes that the club is also in on free agent slugger Mark Trumbo. Starting pitching has not been the Rockies’ strong suit in recent years. The club had baseball’s fifth-worst rotation ERA in..." December 08

  • Rockies, Blue Jays talking Blackmon-Stroman deal

    CBS Sports "Fox Sports' Jon Morosi on Wednesday tweeted that the Rockies and Blue Jays have discussed a deal that would send right-hander Marcus Stroman to Colorado in exchange for outfielder Charlie Blackmon. Yep, the Blue Jays understandably want more in order to part with Stroman. Stroman, 25, owns..." December 08

  • Rockies Remain Interested In Mark Trumbo, Could Trade OF To Clear Space

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies remain interested in signing Mark Trumbo despite their recent high-profile pact with Ian Desmond, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal writes (Twitter links). The idea is that, since they already lost the No. 11 overall pick in the Desmond deal, they would only lose a second-rounder as a result..." December 08

  • Ian Desmond Signs With Rockies

    CBS Dallas Forth Worth "Free agent outfielder Ian Desmond has reached an agreement with the Colorado Rockies, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Texas now must address the lack of power in the lineup with the departures of Desmond, Mitch Moreland (Red Sox), Carlos Beltran (Astros) and Prince Fielder (Retired)..." December 07

  • Rockies-White Sox Have Preliminary Talks on Jose Abreu

    MLB.com "General manager Jeff Bridich said the Rockies are considering the heavy price tag for free-agent first basemen Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnacion. Additionally, multiple Major League sources said there have been preliminary talks about White Sox slugger Jose Abreu as the Rockies attempt to boost..." December 06

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • The Rockies are interested in Mark Trumbo, but they're in the same boat as the Orioles

    Baltimore Sun "The Colorado Rockies have a big hole at first base and they would love to fill it with someone like Mark Trumbo. New manager Bud Black said as much on Monday morning, but the Rocks -- like the Orioles -- have to figure out how a big contract for a veteran slugger fits into their long-range..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Rockies showing interest in home-run champ Mark Trumbo

    ESPN "The Colorado Rockies led the National League in slugging percentage last season, and they are now reportedly eyeing one of 2016's most prolific sluggers in free agency. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Rockies have shown continued interest in outfielder Mark Trumbo. The..." December 04

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

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