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Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that the Rockies discussed trades for Jon Gray at the Winter Meetings.

Gray is coming off a very disappointing statistical season, finishing with a 5.12 ERA and he was left off the team's playoff roster against the Brewers in the NLDS. That being said, he's also shown electric stuff in the past, and the analytics say that Gray had some bad luck in 2018. His fantasy value would increase exponentially if he was playing for a different club next season.
Dec 13 - 6:56 PM

Rockies acquired C Chris Rabago from the Royals for cash considerations.

The Royals plucked Rabago away from the Yankees in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft and are now flipping him to Colorado, the team that originally drafted him back in 2014. The 25-year-old catcher slashed just .196/.273/.326 in 259 plate appearances this past season at Double-A.
Dec 13 - 2:01 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the White Sox are among the teams with interest in free agent reliever Adam Ottavino.

Ottavino has many suitors, including the Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox, which is no surprise after he registered a 2.43 ERA with 112 strikeouts over 77 2/3 innings with the Rockies in 2018. The 33-year-old right-hander is probably looking at a three-year deal this winter, but it's hard to say for sure until Craig Kimbrel or somebody else sets the market for top-tier free agent relievers.
Dec 12 - 8:52 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Yankees GM Brian Cashman met with Adam Ottavino's agent on Tuesday night at the Winter Meetings.

MLB.com's Jon Morosi just reported that the Mets and Red Sox are showing "continued interest" in Ottavino, but they're obviously not alone in the pursuit. Sherman says it is "clear" that the 33-year-old reliever is high on the Yankees' wish list. Ottavino, a native of New York City, registered a 2.43 ERA with 112 strikeouts over 77 2/3 innings out of the Rockies' bullpen in 2018.
Dec 12 - 12:01 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Mets and Red Sox are showing "continued interest" in free agent reliever Adam Ottavino.

He's also said to be drawing interest from the Yankees, and the Rockies have not ruled out bringing him back. Ottavino posted a brilliant 2.43 ERA and 112/36 K/BB ratio over 77 2/3 innings out of the Colorado bullpen in 2018. He should be able to find a three-year deal on the open market this winter, even at age 33.
Dec 11 - 11:04 PM

Rockies hired Dave Magadan as hitting coach.

Magadan served as the hitting coach of the division-rival Diamondbacks in 2018. Jeff Salazar will remain on staff as the second hitting coach in Colorado and Ron Gideon will take over as the team's first base coach.
Dec 11 - 9:20 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are showing interest in DJ LeMahieu.

The A's would like to bring back Jed Lowrie, but LeMahieu could be had at a cheaper price. LeMahieu batted .276/.321/.428 with 15 homers and 62 RBI over 128 games this past season for the Rockies and won his third Gold Glove award. Slusser notes that if the A's wind up acquiring a right-handed hitting second baseman, they could use Franklin Barreto as trade bait for rotation help. The Dodgers and Nationals are also known to have interest in LeMahieu.
Dec 10 - 4:33 PM

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that Dave Magadan has emerged as a "strong candidate" for Rockies' hitting coach.

The Rockies are on the lookout for a replacement after it was announced in November that Duane Espy wouldn't return. Magadan served as the hitting coach for the NL West rival Diamondbacks this past season. He was recently considered for the Mets' hitting coach job which ultimately went to Chili Davis.
Dec 10 - 3:28 PM

Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers are showing "continued interest" in free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu.

Morosi linked the Dodgers to LeMahieu a little over a month ago and nothing has changed on that front. But they are going to have to contend with the Nationals and Twins, among others. The 30-year-old recently won his third Gold Glove Award while batting .276/.321/.428 with 15 homers and 62 RBI over 128 games this past season. He wasn't extended a qualifying offer by the Rockies.
Dec 10 - 11:44 AM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said the club has made contact with the representation for free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu.

Marwin Gonzalez and Josh Harrison are also on their radar, reports Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports. The Nationals have Wilmer Difo and Howie Kendrick as possible fallback options at second base, but it seems likely they'll end up with someone off the free agent market.
Dec 10 - 11:09 AM

Rockies signed RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez to a minor league contract.

Gonzalez hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2016, largely due to elbow issues. The 26-year-old will be organizational depth for Colorado.
Dec 4 - 9:49 PM

Rockies non-tendered LHP Sam Howard.

The 25-year-old southpaw made just four appearances with the big league club in 2018, posting a 2.25 ERA, 2.00 WHIP and 1/3 K/BB ratio. He'll look to latch on elsewhere, presumably on a minor league contract.
Dec 1 - 12:17 AM

Rockies and LHP Chris Rusin avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.6875 million contract.

It's a raise on the $1.2875 million he made in 2018. The 32-year-old southpaw was excellent in 2017 for the Rockies, but struggled last year with a 6.09 ERA and 1.500 WHIP over 54 2/3 innings over 49 appearances. He'll be a lefty-only guy again for Colorado in the 2019 campaign.
Nov 29 - 4:38 PM

Rockies signed C Arvicent Perez to a minor league contract.

Perez at one point looked like a decent prospect for the Tigers, but he struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness this past season at Double-A Erie and became a minor league free agent at the beginning of November. The 24-year-old will be organizational depth at catcher for Colorado.
Nov 29 - 9:17 AM

Rockies signed SS Peter Mooney to a minor league contract.

Mooney had a nice showing in Marlins camp last spring and went on to post a decent .282/.357/.423 batting line over 276 plate appearances at Triple-A New Orleans. The 28-year-old will be middle-infield depth for the Rockies in 2019. He has never played in a major league game.
Nov 29 - 9:12 AM


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