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Thomas Harding of reports that the Rockies have interest in free agent second baseman Brian Dozier, but only on a short-term deal.

Harding notes that the club has to balance their interest in the veteran infielder against payroll concerns. The Rockies also have several promising middle infield prospects on the cusp of the big leagues, so it doesn't really look like a position of need for them.
Jan 6 - 7:10 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rockies are in agreement on a deal with Daniel Murphy.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that it's a two-year pact worth $24 million. Robert Murphy of The Athletic also reports that there is a mutual option and a buyout. Murphy is a mess defensively, but the Rockies will apparently try to mitigate that by playing him primarily at first base, where they've gotten wretched offensive production over the last few seasons. The 34-year-old batted .299/.336/.454 with 12 home runs and 42 RBI over 91 games between the Nationals and Cubs in 2018 after missing the first nine weeks of the season while recovering from knee surgery. His fantasy outlook for 2019 gets a nice boost from the Coors Field effect.
Thu, Dec 20, 2018 06:54:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Rockies are nearing an agreement with free agent second baseman Daniel Murphy.'s Thomas Harding says it will likely be a two-year deal. This signing comes as a bit of a surprise, but the Rockies do need to replace DJ LeMahieu and Murphy's bat is well-suited for Coors Field. It is a massive downgrade defensively, though, even if Murphy primarily plays first base for Colorado. Murphy, who turns 34 years old in April, slashed .299/.336/.454 with 12 home runs and 42 RBI over 91 games between the Nationals and Cubs in 2018.
Thu, Dec 20, 2018 06:31:00 PM

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have internally discussed a trade for Justin Smoak.

Smoak is under contract for one more year aft the Blue Jays exercised their $8 million dollar club option for the switch-hitting first baseman. He was unable to replicate his 2017 monster numbers, but still posted a usable .350 on-base percentage with 25 homers over 147 games. The 31-year-old would certainly see his value rise playing in the friendly confines of Coors Field, and it wouldn't be a huge shock to see Toronto willing to part with Smoak in what's likely to be a rebuilding year for the Blue Jays.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 06:52:00 PM

Mariners selected RHP Brandon Brennan from the Rockies with the 13th pick in the Rule 5 draft.

The Rockies had just signed Brennan, a long-time White Sox prospect, to a minor league deal last month. The 2012 fourth-round pick had a 3.25 ERA and a 79/24 K/BB ratio in 74 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A last season. He's a decent relief option with little in the way of upside.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 12:56:00 PM

Corey Brock of The Athletic confirms that the Mariners have talked with the Rays, Indians, and Rockies about a potential Carlos Santana trade.

The Mariners acquired Santana from the Phillies earlier this month as part of the Jean Segura trade, but it'd be a surprise if he suits up in a Seattle uniform in 2019. The club has launched into an aggressive organizational rebuild, and Santana is due $35 million guaranteed over the next two seasons. The 32-year-old slugger batted .229/.352/.414 with 24 home runs and 86 RBI over 161 games with Philadelphia in 2018.
Source: The Athletic
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 04:56:00 PM

Nick Groke of The Athletic reports that the Rockies had trade talks with the Phillies about Carlos Santana before Santana was traded to the Mariners.

The Mariners are rebuilding and open to flipping Santana to another team, so it's possible the Rockies could still be a fit for the first baseman. Obviously, it would be a boon to Santana's fantasy value should he land in Colorado. Ian Desmond currently is lined up to play first base for the Rockies, but it sounds like they want to add a first baseman and use Desmond in the outfield.
Mon, Dec 10, 2018 10:08:00 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Rockies and Red Sox are two teams that have shown interest in Bud Norris.

Norris had previously been loosely connected to Boston and we can add another team to the mix for the Cardinals' closer. The right-hander looks like a good bet to be moved before Tuesday's deadline and is almost surely going to set up wherever he goes, so fantasy owners should have a backup plan in place. Stashing Jordan Hicks would be a good idea if he's available, as he'd likely assume closing duties in St. Louis.
Mon, Jul 30, 2018 11:03:00 AM

Thomas Harding of reports there is a "distinct possibility" Matt Holliday could sign a minor league deal with the Rockies.

Huh. Holliday certainly enjoyed a great deal of success with the Rockies in the early 2000s, and the club is in need of corner outfielders, but Holliday is out of baseball to the point he's an analyst with MLB Network Radio these days. Perhaps the 38-year-old caught the bug again, and for the Rockies, there's no harm in inking a minor league deal to see what the former star has left in the tank. Stay tuned.
Sat, Jul 28, 2018 05:05:00 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Cubs, Rockies and Indians "retain interest" in Brad Brach.

All three teams have added relievers recently but it appears they might not be done. Brach has posted a disappointing 4.85 ERA and 38/19 K/BB ratio over 39 innings this season, but his track record suggests he could bounce back down the stretch as long as he's healthy.
Fri, Jul 27, 2018 03:45:00 PM

Robert Murray of the Athletic reports that the Blue Jays have come to an agreement to trade Seung Hwan Oh to the Rockies.

Shi Davidi reports that Low-A first base prospect Chad Spanberger is part of the return. The deal likely won't become official until after Toronto's game with Minnesota is finished. It was announced earlier on Wednesday that the Blue Jays were close to a deal with a club, and we know now that club is Colorado. Oh has registered a 2.68 ERA over 48 innings in 2018, and his K/BB ratio is an impressive 55/10. He should help bridge the gap to Wade Davis as the Rockies attempt to qualify for the playoffs again in the 2018 season.
Wed, Jul 25, 2018 07:17:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rockies are scouting Orioles' right-handers Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy.

Rosenthal adds that while the Rockies are looking at starters and relievers from other clubs, they have longstanding interest in Gausman, who is a Colorado native. The Orioles are weighing all sorts of trade scenarios right now, as Roch Kubatko of MASN reported Sunday that the Brewers, Yankees, and Braves have all asked about Gausman. Meanwhile, the Braves are also reportedly among the teams interested in Bundy. Gausman is under team control through 2020 while Bundy won't be a free agent until after 2021.
Mon, Jul 23, 2018 09:37:00 AM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Rockies "remain in contact" with free agent Mark Reynolds.

Of course they do. Despite Ryan McMahon having a strong spring and the pedigree of being a top prospect, the team just can't seem to quit the replacement-level Reynolds. He did hit 30 homers with 97 RBI for the Rox in 2017, and any Rockies player is worth considering for fantasy purposes given their home park, but it would be nice to see the team give McMahon a chance to hold it down at first base this year.
Sat, Mar 3, 2018 07:09:00 PM

Thomas Harding of reports that the Rockies are interested in free agent slugger Todd Frazier.

It's unclear how serious talks might be, and Harding notes that the Rockies are also considering reunions with Carlos Gonzalez and Mark Reynolds. The moving pieces on their roster gives them some options. If they were to sign Frazier or Reynolds, Ian Desmond would likely see most of his at-bats in left field. However, if they bring back Gonzalez, Desmond would simply play first base. The Rockies have some interesting youngsters in-house like Ryan McMahon, David Dahl, and Raimel Tapia, but they appear to be prioritizing a veteran corner bat.
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