Rockies Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Greg Holland signs with Rockies

    Fanrag Sports "A source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports that the the Colorado Rockies are close to signing free agent relief pitcher Greg Holland. Holland, a veteran right-hander, has the ability to close games while also serving a reliable arm out of the bullpen in any situation. It’s..." January 25

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • 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? "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 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 "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 "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