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Nolan Arenado Chooses Team USA Over Puerto Rico

Colorado Rockies star third baseman Nolan Arenado said on Sunday that he is going to play in the 2017 World Baseball Classic for Team USA. Arenado had the choice between Puerto Rico and the U.S. due to his mother being from the Caribbean island. He added that the decision was a tough one and that at times he became very stressed out over it. Arenado said that Puerto Rico obviously meant a great deal to him because of his mother, but that the U.S. is the country where he was born and he has never until now had the opportunity to represent the U.S.... 
 

Albert Pujols Ties Bonds in 30-Homer Seasons, Gray Sets Record in Colorado

On Saturday, Albert Pujols launched his 590th career home run deep into the night off Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano. The home run moved Pujols within just 19 of Sammy Sosa for eighth place on the all-time home run list. The home run for Pujols was notable as well for other reasons. It was No. 30 on the season for the veteran slugger, which gave him 14 seasons with at least 30 home runs. That tied him was Barry Bonds. In addition, Pujols is just one more season of 30 or more homes runs shy of tying Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez for the most all-time... 
 

Rockies Reach Agreement with DJ LeMahieu on two-year deal

Arbitration season in Major League Baseball reached a conclusion just as pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training. The Colorado Rockies inked 27-year-old All-Star second baseman DJ LeMahieu to a two-year, $7.8 million deal. The LSU product, who was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Cubs in 2009 and arrived in Colorado via trade in December 2011, filed for a $3.3 million salary while the Rockies countered at $2.8 million. LeMahieu will receive $3 million in 2016 and $4.8 million in 2017. If he does not sign another extension,... 
 

Rays Swap Jake McGee for Rockies Corey Dickerson, Prospects Involved

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a trade to acquire outfielder Corey Dickerson and a prospect from the Colorado Rockies, for lefty reliever Jake McGee and a Rays prospect. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports initially reported the deal, while Joel Sherman of the New York Post first said McGee was involved. Rosenthal tweets that the Rockies will be sending McGee and a minor league pitcher to the Rockies in exchange for Dickerson and a different minor league pitcher. The 29-year-old McGee posted a 2.41 ERA with an exceptional 32.9 strikeout rate... 
 

Could the Colorado Rockies Deal Carlos Gonzalez?

It’s been a rough year for the Colorado Rockies. They got out to a nice start, but things have been downhill from there. As of now they own a 43-62 record, which puts them in last place in the NL West. While they have several attractive trade chips, the front office and ownership are seemingly at odds with regards to whether or not they should be traded. Carlos Gonzalez has been mentioned in trade rumors. The 28 year-old outfielder has been affected by injuries this season and is hitting only .244/.293/.437 for an 86 wRC+, far below his career... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Could Troy Tulowitzki be Traded?

Led by star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, the Colorado Rockies got off to a nice start in 2014. On May 20th, they were 26-20 and just two games back of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. However, they’ve hit the skids since then and with just one game left before the All-Star break they own a 40-54 record. Since that time, Tulowitzki has made it clear that he would be open to being traded to a contender. While he’s not quite putting up the Ruthian numbers that he was at the beginning of the year, Tulowitzki is having a phenomenal... 
 

Three Teams That Could Be Turnaround Stories in 2014

Nearly every year, a team that wasn’t a contender the previous year comes out of the woodwork and surprises everybody by making the playoffs. Last season it was the Cleveland Indians who improved from 68-94 to 92-70, and claimed a Wild Card berth. The previous year the Baltimore Orioles surprised pundits by putting together their first winning season since 1997, and vaulting their way to the Wild Card playoff with a 93-69 record. The Boston Red Sox made a huge turnaround from a 69 win 2012 season to win 97 regular season games and the... 
 

Colorado Rockies Reach Agreement With Drew Stubbs

Bolstered by his combination of power, speed and range in the outfield, Drew Stubbs has been an intriguing player who has yet to fully harness his talents over give Major League seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. The 29-year-old Stubbs, who was traded to Colorado from Cleveland for pitcher Josh Outman in December, agreed to a one-year, $4.1 million deal with the Rockies on Friday. Stubbs is expected to take over in center field for Dexter Fowler, who was traded earlier in the offseason to Houston for outfielder Brandon Barnes... 
 

Rockies Trades Land Drew Stubbs and Franklin Morales

The Colorado Rockies have made two trades. In one deal they acquired lefthanded pitcher Franklin Morales from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for infielder Jonathan Herrera. Ian Brown and Thomas Harding of MLB.com reported the trade. Morales, who turns 28 in January, pitched for the Rockies from 2007 to 2011 before he was acquired by the Red Sox for cash considerations. He has solid stuff, but has struggled with his control throughout his professional career, walking 11.5 percent of hitters. Before a shoulder injury prematurely ended his 2012... 
 

Rockies Reach Agreement With Boone Logan – Three-year Deal

The Colorado Rockies went into the 2013 Winter Meetings with a goal of finding left-handed relief help for the bullpen. After their second consecutive last-place finish in the National League West, the Rockies came to the conclusion that overhauling the bullpen was a priority. Today the Rockies announced they have reached an agreement with left-hander Boone Logan on a three-year deal according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The deal is pending a physical. The team previously added the LaTroy Hawkins  and were said to be interested in free-agent... 
 

Colorado Rockies Reach Agreement with Justin Morneau

The Colorado Rockies reached an agreement with free-agent first baseman Justin Morneau on a two-year deal worth approximately $13 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports Morneau hit .259/.323/.411 with 17 homers in 2013 with the Twins and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Morneau, 32, will replace Todd Helton, who retired after the season. The Rockies were thought to be interested in free-agent James Loney but those rumors should disappate now. Morneau’s production has taken a noticeable drop over the last three years as he dealt with injury... 
 

Rockies Carlos Gonzalez Hits DL with Finger Sprain

Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has been placed on the disabled list with a finger sprain.  Gonzalez has suffered  with the sprain on his right middle finger off and on for the past month. He will be eligible to return on August 20, although the Rockies are not in contention and there is no need to hurry him back until he is 100% healed. “I don’t want to go on the DL. But I can’t swing. I am just a slap hitter, that’s all I can do right now,” said Gonzalez after the Rockies’ 5-1 loss to the Pirates. Gonzalez... 
 

Mark Appel, Jonathan Gray to Make Pro Debuts in Early July

Top picks in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft Mark Appel and Jonathan Gray are scheduled to make their professional debuts in early July. Appel, first-overall pick by the Houston Astros out of Stanford University, signed with the club on June 19 for $6.35 million and is set to make his professional debut in the first week of July. Appel traveled to the Astros’ spring training facility in Kissimmee, Florida on June 23, where he is scheduled to spend 10 days and pitch in a select number of simulated games. From there, Appel will be sent... 
 

Roy Oswalt Set to Make 2013 Debut with Rockies

The Colorado Rockies have officially announced that Roy Oswalt will start on Thursday against the Washington Nationals, marking the 2013 season debut for Oswalt. After signing a minor league contract with Colorado on May 2, Oswalt has been dominant in his time at Double-A Tulsa. In five starts with the Tulsa Drillers, Oswalt has posted a 3-2 record and 2.16 ERA along with a 25/7 strikeout to walk ratio in 33 1/3 innings of work. In his most recent start on June 14, Oswalt went 8 1/3 scoreless innings, surrendering five hits and striking out seven... 
 

Rockies Troy Tulowitzki Has Broken Rib – Headed for DL

Troy Tulowitzki was diagnosed with a broken rib in his right side after an MRI on Thursday night and will be headed to the disabled list. Tulowitzki left Thursday’s game with Washington in the eighth inning after diving for a ground ball. Earlier today we reported that Carlos Gonzalez had taken a foul ball off the bat of Jordan Pacheco and left the same game.  Dexter Fowler was hit on the right ring finger and suffered a swollen knuckle. Both Gonzalez and Fowler should be fine and not miss much time. Tulowitzki is another story however... 
 

Carlos Gonzalez Leaves Game After Being Hit By Foul Ball

Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was forced to leave the game after being hit with a foul ball in the lower left leg off the bat of Jordan Pacheco while he was on deck. Gonzalez  laid writhing in pain and was attended to by a team trainer. He was able to walk off under his own power  after walking around the front of the Colorado dugout.  He was replaced by Tyler Colvin  who played left field Gonzalez  is hitting .299 this year and leads the Rockies with 18 home runs and 52 RBI. Gonzalez has been battling soreness in his left knee... 
 

Third Overall Pick Jonathan Gray Signs with Colorado Rockies

Third-overall draft pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft, Jonathan Gray, agreed to terms with the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. Although complete details regarding terms and conditions of the signing are to be determined, Gray is reported to receive $4.8 million, well below the $5.6 million that Colorado was slotted to spend on its third-overall selection. Gray will make his professional debut with rookie affiliate Grand Junction this season, where they will most likely keep the flamethrower under 60 innings of work as he already had pitched over... 
 

Rockies’ Nolan Arenado Hits Walk Off Homerun, Sinks Padres

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado had been in an extended slump and may have been breaking out of it in a big way in a wild 10-9 win on Friday night over the Padres. Arenado was 2 for 5, entering the ninth inning with just one RBI single before launching a Joe Thatcher pitch over the wall to end the game. The NL West matchup was a classic Coors Field game, featuring 19 runs and 33 hits to accompany 11 different pitchers. The homer was Arenado’s first career walkoff win. The Rockies wasted little time jumping out to a lead, scoring... 
 

Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki Combine For 5 HR’s vs Reds

Carlos Gonzalez tied his career high with three home runs and and Troy Tulowitzki went 5-for-5 with a pair of homers and the Colorado Rockies hammered the Cincinnati Reds  at Great American Ballpark. Gonzalez ended up going 3-for-5 with six RBI and three runs, and Tulowitzki finished with five hits, two home runs and three RBI. Todd Helton  also hit a home run for the Rockies as Colorado had a season-high 20 hits against Cincinnati pitching. Heading into tonight’s game Gonzalez was batting .306 with 14 home runs, 36 RBI, 46 runs and... 
 

Michael Cuddyer Drives in Troy Tulowitzki in 9th, Rockies Win 2-1

In a game that saw little offense from either team, the Colorado Rockies would edge the Houston Astros in the ninth inning on a Michael Cuddyer RBI single, cementing a 2-1 victory. Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa and Astros starter Jordan Lyles each had solid outings for their respective clubs on the afternoon. De La Rosa pitched seven innings, surrendering one run on five hits, striking out four batters and walking two. Lyles also went seven innings, surrendering just one run on six hits, striking out three batters and walking three. The two starters... 
 

Carlos Gonzalez Homers, Triples in Rockies Win

Carlos Gonzalez continues to slug for the Colorado Rockies. In Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Gonzalez would go 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run, driving in two of the four runs scored by the Colorado offense. With two outs in the bottom of the first-inning, Gonzalez launched a solo home run off of Trevor Cahill, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the third-inning, Gonzalez would come to the plate and scorch a changeup from Trevor Cahill down the right field line, sliding into third with a triple and... 
 

Carlos Gonzalez 5-for-5 Night Leads Rockies over Cubs

Carlos Gonzalez went 5-for-5 with two home runs to lead  the Colorado Rockies to a 9-4 win over the Chicago Cubs. Gonzalez fell a triple short  of a cycle had three RBI  and became the first Rockies player to have five hits in a game since Miguel Olivo in 2010. The Rockies had been struggling to score runs of late and Gonzalez  was not immune to the slump. He had gone 2-for-14 with seven strikeouts on the first four games of this trip, and he was 2-for-20 with 10 strikeouts in his past six games. “It was a bad stretch, not being able... 
 

Michael Cuddyer Placed On 15-day DL by Rockies

Michael Cuddyer was placed on the 15 day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies with an injury to his neck. Cuddyer  is hitting .319, and seven home runs and 23 RBI. He will undergo an MRI this week. To replace Cuddyer Colorado recalled outfielder Charlie Blackmon from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Blackmon was hitting .336 with three homers, 21 RBIs and 35 runs in 31 games. The Rockies are hopeful Cuddyer  will be able to return to the team with a minimum stay on the disabled list. Fantasy Notes: With Cuddyer’s stay on the disabled list expected... 
 

Troy Tulowitzki Homer Leads Rockies Over Cardinals

Jorge De La Rosa took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Troy Tulowitzki  smacked his eighth home run of 2013 to help the Rockies beat the Cardinals 8-2 on Sunday. The  Rockies had been held scoreless for 28 consecutive innings prior to Tulowitzki’s  home run. Charlie Blackmon then added a two-run shot in the sixth. The Cardinals lost for just the second time in 11 games. “I definitely think it was a big hit and it took some pressure off Jorge,” Tulowitzkisaid. “He didn’t feel like he had to be perfect,... 
 

Nolan Arenado Making The Most of Opportunity

What Nolan Arenado needed most was an opportunity.  When the Rockies traded third baseman Chris Nelson to the Yankees Arenado  was called up and he  is making the move look genius. In just 8 games in the majors Arenado’s has a .323 average and .677 slugging percentage, and fantasy team owners very happy. He has hit three home runs including his first grand slam off of the Tampa Bay Rays  David Price. Arenado  showed power in spring training but after a disappointing 2012 campaign that saw him bat .285 with 12 home runs, 56 RBI and a .776... 
 

Roy Oswalt Signs Minor-League Deal with Colorado Rockies

Roy Oswalt has found the team for 2013.  The 35-year-old agreed to terms with the Colorado Rockies on a minor-league deal. Oswalt will report to extended spring training to prepare for yet another spot on a major-league roster, and will likely need at least a few weeks to get in baseball shape. Oswalt last pitched with the Texas Rangers where he went 4-3 with a 5.80 ERA pitching as a starter and out of the bullpen. Oswalt’s glory years came as a member of the Houston Astros where he finished in the top six in Cy Young voting six different... 
 

Rockies Troy Tulowitzki Shoulder Strain Brings Sigh of Relief

For Troy Tulowitzki, his presence represents more than just that of a starting shortstop. “Tulo” is Colorado. As the face of a franchise, his bat in the lineup and glove in the field represents the present and future of the Rockies’ franchise. Hearing the result of an awkward slide at home plate on Sunday was just day to day with a shoulder strain was surely a relief for the star and his team. Tulowitzki is no stranger to extended injuries. The 28 year old is in the prime of his career, but played just 47 games in 2012, 143 in... 
 

Rockies News: Nolan Arenado Makes His Case For 2013

Troy Tulowitzki appears healthy again, Dexter Fowler was signed to a long-term deal and Carlos Gonzalez is entrenched in left field. Those names, along with catcher Wilin Rosario, give the Colorado Rockies a formidable core to build around. Based on his explosive performance this spring, 21-year-old third baseman Nolan Arenado could be adding to that core sooner than anticipated. So far, Arenado has swatted four home runs and has collected eight RBI, hitting .412 (7-for-17). Though the sample size is small, the right-handed hitting Arenado is striving... 
 

Colorado Rockies Acquire Reid Brignac from Tampa Bay

Reid Brignac was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays this week to clear room on the roster or Kyle Farnsworth and Kelly Johnson, and reportedly had drawn interest from the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres and the Minnesota Twins. Today the Colorado Rockies announced that they had acquired the former top-50 prospect in a trade with Tampa Bay for cash considerations and a player to be named later. The trade was first reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times Brignac spent most of the season at Triple-A, where he posted a .231/.323/.353... 
 

Colorado Rockies: 2013 Spring Training Preview Guide

For a club that lost 98 games last season, the Colorado Rockies sure do have a talented core. After recently signing center fielder Dexter Fowler to a two-year deal – likely ending trade talk that surrounded him this offseason – the Rockies have an outfield that includes Fowler, Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer. The lineup also features shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who spent much of the 2012 campaign on the DL with a groin injury,  and catcher Wilin Rosario, who was a National League Rookie of the Year candidate in 2012. How Colorado... 
 

Colorado Rockies: Top 10 Prospects For 2013

Catcher Wilin Rosario, and infielders Jordan Pacheco and Josh Rutledge, were rookies  who logged respectable Major League debuts for the Colorado Rockies in 2012. Unfortunately for the Rockies, none of the aforementioned players are starting pitchers, and neither are the top three prospects in their organization. Since Coors Field is not exactly “mile high” on the list of preferred destinations for difference-making free agent starters, the Rockies desperately need to develop their own rotation arms so they remain under long-term team... 
 

Walt Weiss Hired as Rockies Manager

Weiss was given a one-year deal by the Rockies Walt Weiss was hired to replace Jim Tracy who resigned Oct. 7 with one year and $1.4 million left on his contract,  as manager of the Colorado Rockies, following a month long search by the team. Team officials met for several hours Wednesday night before choosing Weiss over finalist Matt Williams and Jason Giambi and Tom Runnells. Weiss, 48, was the head baseball coach at Regis Jesuit High School last season, was given a one-year deal. “It has moved fast and it’s a great opportunity,”... 
 

National League West – 2013 Team Needs and Outlook

The Giants’ deep rotation remains intact for 2013, unless… Editor’s Note: Baseball News Source has provided a division-by-division series that address what teams might do this off-season in the American League and in the National League East and NL Central. Here is our outlook on the NL West to finalize the series. Even though Tim Lincecum struggled with a 10-15 record and a 5.18 ERA during the regular season, the San Francisco Giants used solid pitching and timely hitting to capture the National League West title and then rally from... 
 

Colorado Rockies Jim Tracy Resigns After Dismal Season

Under Tracy the Rockies went 294-308 Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy stepped down after a dismal season in which the team went 64-98. Tracy had been managing the Rockies since May of 2009 when he was promoted to manager from his bench coach position.  He was voted the NL Manager of the Year that season after guiding Colorado into the playoffs. Under Tracy the Rockies went 294-308. Tracy had one year left on his contract and as of Friday all indications pointed to him returning for 2013. Tracy apparently changed his mind after meeting with Bill... 
 

Rockies Troy Tulowitzki Continues Rehab – Return Date Not Set

Tulowitzki Return Is Not Imminent Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki continues to rehab from a groin injury suffered earlier this summer. Tulowitzki played seven innings and went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in a game at Double-A Tulsa. Tulowitzki has been out since May 30 and underwent surgery June 21. He is scheduled to pinch-hit for Tulsa on Friday and will be reevaluated to determine plans for playing this weekend. barring any setbacks, Tulowitzki could return to the major leagues next weekend. The Rockies are hopeful... 
 

Colorado Rockies Odd Season of Drastic Splits – Pitch Limits

Josh Rutledge filling in for Troy Tulowitzski is hitting .331/.349/.938 For even the most ardent baseball fan, a quick glance at the Colorado Rockies depth chart can evoke a reaction similar to that classic line from the movie “Major League” paraphrased for family reading purposes as, “Who the heck are these guys?” With familiar names like Todd Helton, Troy Tulowitzski, Eric Young and Michael Cuddyer on the disabled list, the Rockies active roster is currently features the likes of infielders Chris Nelson, Josh Rutledge,... 
 

Marco Scutaro Traded To Giants For Prospect and Cash

The Colorado Rockies traded veteran infielder Marco Scutaro to the San Francisco Giants for minor league second baseman Charlie Culberson and cash. Scutaro is hitting .271/.324/.359 and has played mostly second base for the Rockies. He has played some shortstop, is expected to play both in San Francisco. Scutaro was acquired by the Rockies in a deal with the Red Sox last winter. Scutaro in owed $2.2 million for the rest of the season.  Read More »
 

Rockies, Royals Trade Struggling Starters, Guthrie – Sanchez

Jeremy Guthrie and Jonathan Sanchez have been traded. The Colorado Rockies sent right-hander Jeremy Guthrie to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. Both pitchers have struggled this season and the two teams agreed on a trade, hoping a change of scenery would be best for both. Sanchez was 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts for the Royals. The Royals designated him for assignment earlier this week. Sanchez was acquired in a now infamous trade with the San Francisco Giants. The Royals sent Melky Cabrera to the Giants for... 
 

Colorado Rockies Grades at The All-Star Break

As I continue my midterm grading of the teams in the NL West the Colorado Rockies are the one team that is the hardest to understand. On paper the Rockies should be doing far better than what they are. As we know they don’t play the games on paper. Instead the Rockies find themselves percentage points behind the Padres for last place in the NL West. Trades Likely For The Rockies Like most teams finding themselves in last place, they are considering shopping some of their players before the trade deadline. Rumor has it they are considering... 
 

Interleague Recaps – Trumbo, Angels Sweep Rockies

DENVER –  The Los Angeles Angels have figured out a few things offensively. Mark Trumbo hit a pair of three-run homers and drove in six runs and the Angels beat the Colorado Rockies 10-8 . Torri Hunter added a two-run homer and scored three runs to help the Angels finished off the sweep of the Rockies. Mike Trout, Hunter and Albert Pujols, the top three batters in Los Angeles’ lineup, combined to go 23 for 42 (.548) with 16 RBIs and 21 runs scored in the series. The Angels are now only three games back of the division leading Texas... 
 

Rockies Troy Tulowitzki Lands On The DL

DENVER – The Colorado Rockies lost All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a minimum of 15 days as he was placed on the DL because of a strained left groin. Tulowitzki said he felt the pain when he grounded out to second base during the Rockies six run sixth inning against the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. Rockies manager Jim Tracy said “This is the right thing to do, this is the right move to make,” I don’t think it’s anything structurally bad. However, he’s very sore and very tender. Tulowitzki was... 
 
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