2018-2019 Off Season

2018-2019 Off Season

Colorado Rockies improved to 91 wins in 2018 against 87 wins in 2017.  This year was perceived as a disappointment even though the paper says they won 91 games and lost the NL West tie breaker in game 163.  Let’s dig in a little deeper as to why 91 wins were not enough in the minds of the seam heads and RWOers.

The pitching staff has come through with flying colors keeping the games close to give the Rockies a chance to win.  It took some adjusting in the first half to finally figure out the roles in the bullpen.  Scott Oberg and D.J. Johnson showed up while Jake McGee, Bryan Shaw, Mike Dunn, and Carlos Estevez disappeared.  Chris Rusin of August/September will hopefully continue through the entire 2019 season.  The rotation was stout with a few hiccups here and there from the back end.

As we can imagine, there is no way the Rockies win 75 games without pitching.  Roster construction was a disaster and that was a major reason for the perceived failure of the 2019 team.  They were the worst offensive team in franchise history.

It began with the front office head scratching moves.  Before I start ranting, they do deserve credit for finally having the best pitching staff who can pitch at altitude.  Good pitching is forecast to continue a few more seasons.

My list of roster construction deficiencies:  (some of my comments may not be accurate but you get the drift)

  1. Ian Desmond – the worst wRC+ of all MLB players.  And blocking everyone at first base.
  2. Signing CarGo late in the spring training.  Blocking yet more players while there were more potentially better free agents out there.
  3. Bench players – Pat Valaika or any Dodgers hitter on their bench?  Carrying three catchers? All of them black holes at bottom of hitting lineup.
  4. Making Gerardo Parra everyday outfielder.  He is much better as fourth outfielder.
  5. Not letting Ryan McMahon, Tom Murphy, and Raimel Tapia get their opportunities.
  6. Standing pat at trade deadline.  Phillies, Brewers, Dodgers, and everyone not Rockies went out and got upper shelf players.
  7. Failure to fire Duane Espy as hitting coach.  Hitting is not about individual mechanics; it’s all about adjusting your expectations to help team.

This is my plan to make the team better in 2019 as an armchair general manager:

  1. Let CarGo go; he’s too old and his long swings can’t catch up to 94+ fastballs.
  2. Let DJLM walk; make Garret Hampson the second baseman.
  3. Put Ian Desmond on bench as super utility player and let McMahon play first base everyday.
  4. Get rid of all catchers and get some new catchers – Yasmani Grandal? Realmuto?
  5. Dahl in CF; Blackmon in RF.
  6. Trade Nolan Arenado to the Oakland A’s to get their boatload of talent similar to Holliday trade to A’s.  Brendan Rodgers at third base.
  7. Shot hear around the world! Sign Bryce Harper to five years and put him in LF.
  8. Fire Duane Espy and hire a hitting coach that understands how we work together as a team.
  9. Release Jake McGee.  See how Shaw pitch in spring training and potentially release him or trade him.
  10. D.J. Johnson will be in the bullpen.  Ditto for Jon Gray.  Peter Lambert move into rotation.  Or Jeff Hoffman.  Bettis in bullpen.
  11. Tell Marquez, Freeland, Anderson you are starters the whole year.
  12. Let Ottavino walk.  I don’t need 100% of runners on first base stealing second base without a throw from the catcher.  GRRRRR.

My plan as an armchair hitting coach:

  1. Learn how to be a fastball hitter from 85 MPH up to 102 MPH.  The idea is to ambush them on the first pitch.
  2. Learn plate discipline and don’t ever expand the zone to help the pitcher.  Make it rare to swing at balls out of the zone.  Put the pressure on pitchers.
  3. Learn how to hit curve balls without taking a step before swing.  My idea is to take a step in anticipation of fastball, but if a soft pitch shows up just delay start of your swing.  No more being way ahead of pitches.  In a side lesson, if you see a ball start low or outside, don’t swing.  I saw countless swings at pitches that looked like balls and then break farther away into an extreme ball.
  4. Learn how to bunt bunt bunt.  Even the great hitters.  The teams are playing extreme shifts giving hitters a freebie hit, yet they swing into shifts for outs.
  5. Increased emphasis on pitchers bunting.  Too many failed sac bunt attempts.
  6. Learn how to put balls in play with runners on third and less than two outs.  About 80% of third base runners stranded with less than two outs killing any momentums.
  7. If the ball is over the plate early in the count, swing at them!  Too many hitters were taking pitches and getting themselves into two-strike counts.  Stats in history of baseball show a very low batting average with two strikes on the batters.
  8. Lastly, while I do emphasize swinging at pitches early in the count, DO NOT swing at pitches that are uncomfortable.  If the pitcher make a good pitch (in on the hands yet it’s a strike), tip our hat to the pitcher and look for another pitch over the plate.  In other words, know when to ambush the first fastball.  Meaning really ambush it, not fist jam into easy outs.  Look at the video of Astros in 2017.  They ambushed a lot of fastballs on the first pitch.

This new post will serve as RWO’s comments thread throughout the hot stove season to the end of 2018.  New post will be up for 2019.  This thread can be used to discuss my armchair ideas.

Fell one game short of NL West title

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Regarding the catching situation, Tony Wolters started 56 games as catcher. In the games that Wolters started, the Rockies were 34 – 22 (0.607). In the other 107 games started by Chris Iannetta, Tom Murphy and Drew Butera, the Rockies were 57 – 50 (0.533).

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Duly noted. I’ll be the first to admit that advanced metrics as applied to the Catcher position are sketchy at best.

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Thanks, RMH, for a bunch of good fodder for discussion!

2.7. Do NOT sign Bryce Harper. Especially for five years!

I might have more comment after further time to reread and reflect. Looking forward to reading others’ input. Still waiting on a lineup construction improvement from carp or anyone, and the reasons why ours was not good. (More specifically than just “keep this guy, don’t keep that guy”)

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This is a lot of pressure!

I have every intention of getting back into the swing of things once the World Series is over and the Hot Stove “officially” begins.

This is always a dilemma for me. Post what I would do…..or post what I think the Rockies will do. Many times….those two things are distinctly different. Trust me…….I’m thinking about it.

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What I expect the Rockies to do and what I would do are definitely different. I expect the Rockies to keep their current hitting coaches. I expect the Rockies to let Arenado walk without getting any compensation for him after 2019. I would not be surprised to see them bring Parra back. They will not even make any attempt to go after Harper. Jon Gray will not be moved to the bullpen. If I had a say, Espy would already… Read more »

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I want to know what YOU guys would do – and would have done! (With current personnel, for the latter, and for the former – realistic and fantasy/ideal are both fair game:)

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I really wanted the Brewers to win the pennant. Not just because of who they were playing, but for multiple reasons. I was even prepared to try to root for them in the Series, on the strength of “let somebody new get it” (I loved Royals, Cubs, Astros doing that). Now, my rooting interest could not possibly be any clearer, at least! That is all (don’t want to rile the Sox haters in what I understand is our Rockies forum)… Read more »

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RoxnSox – a really brief, simplified example of our (pathetic) offense. In 2018, we scored 780 runs. 2nd in the NL. Behind only the Dodgers. Not bad on the surface. BUT….the Coors Field “Park” factor for runs was 1.271 – 2nd highest in baseball. So, if I seat-of-the-pants, quickly adjust Rockies Runs for Park Factor (at Coors – 81 games) we go down to 687 runs. That makes us +/- 10th in the NL. Another “BUT”…..four of the teams we… Read more »

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A little bit more from the Baseball Reference Wins Above Average by Position – Rockies: C = (- 2.1) almost last in NL 1B = (- 2.7) last in NL 2B = (+0.1) DJ is the League average – do not renew contract SS = (+3.2) best in League 3B = (+3.2) Dodgers lead at +3.7 LF = (-1.7) CF = (-1.6) RF = (-2.1) So…..drumroll…..we SUCK everywhere except SS and 3rd. This is not a surprise to those that… Read more »

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More fun with this Baseball Reference “Wins Above Average by Position:”

Outfield as a whole, National League:
1st – Milwaukee Brewers = (+11.4)
14th – Colorado Rockies = (-5.4)
15th – Philadelphia Phillies = (-6.7)

The freakin Brewers, with the shrewd signing of Lorenzo Cain and bold trade for Christian Yelich, picked up 16.8 games on the Rockies in the Outfield alone. Think about that. Sleep on that.

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You ask……if this is true, how in the world did the Rockies finish within a couple of games of the Brewers?

Starting Pitchers:
1st – Phillies (riding a great Aaron Nola season) = (+11.9)
2nd – ROCKIES! = (+11.7)
12th – Brewers = (-2.2)

So, we picked up 13.9 games…….making up all but 3 lost in the OF.

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Finally – lets talk bullpen. The Rockies were awful, right? So much whining by fans…..the Rox BP was AWFUL. Surely the stats will bear this out. Hmmmmmm:

Relief Pitchers as a Team:
1. Phillies (+3.3)
2. Cubs = (+3.3) this makes sense to me, they did a great job.
3. Washington = (+2.8)
4. ROCKIES = (0.0) huh??????
15. Miami = (-13.8)

Oh boy! We’re not awful.

This offseason should be all about offense. Offense 24-7. No excuses.

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OK….I lied. One more for you. Baseball Reference doesn’t have “bench” as a convenient category to view/sort, but they DO have pinch hitter…..which is sort of bench. Once again, National League: 1. LAD = (+1.2) there’s a reason they’re in the WS, and it’s not just money. 2. CC = (0.1) 8. Miami = (-1.1) League Average 14. ROCKIES = (-2.5) 15. Phillies = (-2.6) After playing/sorting all these categories/positions…….it appears to me its fair to say the Rockies had… Read more »

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Could you recommend some reading where I could get a tutorial on WAR and other analytics. My old brain needs some help understanding them.

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Fangraphs is one of my favorites. They’ve lost some good writers in the last 12-18 months, but still seem to be plugging away producing typically good material.

https://www.fangraphs.com/library/misc/war/

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Thanks!

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Things that make you go “hmmmmmmm:”

“INF Tyler Nevin has been named the Arizona Fall League Player of the Week after batting .545 (6-for-11) with three triples and five RBI last week. He currently leads the AFL in batting average (.467), on-base percentage (.553) and slugging percentage (.700).”

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No brainer…..but with the Rox, I assume nothing. Depending on exactly how you look at it, the “frees” 10M in 2019 payroll (as compared to 2018). I guess there’s no formal move to make regarding Cargo. His contract is (or will) simply expired. This will free approximately 8M for 2019.

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More things that make you go “hmmmmmmmm:” I’m frequently harsh on the Rockies FO for their weird moves (or non-moves). So it’s only fair to also give credit when credit is due. It’s early, and the sample size is small, but here’s where we stand so far in the 18/19 Hot Stove: 1. Buy out Parra…..let him walk. Correct move. 2. Do not offer QO to DJ. Correct move. 3. Do not offer QO to Otto. Correct move. 4. Recognize… Read more »

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Rockies started 2018 at $136,953,500 and finished at $148,954,500

http://rockiesroster.com/payroll/

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https://legacy.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/?cyear=2019&team=COL&pos=

They currently have $84,650,000 committed to just 8 players for 2019. None of these players are named Nolan Arenado or Trevor Story.

Charlie Blackmon $21,000,000
Wade Davis $18,000,000
Ian Desmond $15,000,000
Bryan Shaw $8,500,000
Jake McGee $8,500,000
Mike Dunn $7,000,000
Chris Iannetta $4,150,000
Seung Hwan Oh $2,500,000

It does not cover any of the arbitration or pre-arbitration players.

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I hope seeing this list gives Bridich the same indigestion it gives me.

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Espy and Diaz…..GONE.

Somewhere Bob K is a happy man!

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Alright Bob – who should the Rox hire as their next Batting Coach?

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My preference would be Blake Doyle since they set many offensive records when he was their hitting coach. Anyone else would be an unknown but that does not mean that someone else might not be better. History says that great hitters do not necessarily make good hitting coaches but I would not be opposed to Todd Helton getting a shot at the job.

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On a serious note…..this is a situation where I believe having Bud Black as Manager is a tremendous advantage. BB is so well connected, and well respected in the Coaching community. I don’t want to go as far as he can select anyone he wants…..but I do think he has a lot of leverage. This will be fun.

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My problem is with the timing as a number of hitting coaches already have their new jobs and will not be available for consideration.

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I would be if I could confirm this. At this time I cannot find anything about it on the Rockies site or on Google.

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Damn! Good article. I’m right there with on 90% of this minimum. Probably more like 95%. Just some nuanced differences. (Surprisingly) – I’m not on the trade Nolan bandwagon UNLESS it’s very clear to the F.O. that he’s not going to re-sign, Then of course, all bets are off. I move Nazty to LF (he doesn’t have a RF arm), Dahl to CF. I sign Josh Donaldson to platoon with McMahon at 1B……and even trend McMahon to super-sub. This frees… Read more »

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Excellent summary, RMH. After Grandal’s performance in the NLCS, I hope never to see him in Rox uniform.

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Thanks for crunching the metrics for us, sdcarp. That was solid proof of what our eyes told us. Watching you during the winter, Bridich.

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Gold Glove finalists have been announced. Kyle Freeland was left off the list. Trevor Story is also missing. Corey Dickerson is a finalist for left field.

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/the-2018-mlb-gold-glove-finalists-red-sox-lead-with-five-mike-trout-looking-for-first-award/

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Brodie Van Wagenen – does this name ring a bell?

He’s Nolan’s Agent at CAA. He’ll also be named the Mets new GM – T-O-D-A-Y.

Talk amongst yourselves.

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Are you saying the Mets are going to make a run at Arenado?

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Most interesting speculation regarding Nolan’s “new” team I’ve seen is to the Angels. Going home and playing with Trout.

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Because I haven’t been on the “trade Nolan” bandwagon, I haven’t really looked in depth as to what a trade might bring in return. We’re one year too late for a massive haul (since at this stage he’d only be a 1 year rental in theory), but I think something substantial is reasonable. Just off the top of my head – suitors that make sense (teams that can contend in 2019) are the Braves for sure, maybe the Phillies (they… Read more »

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Pre-emptive strike – this (above) is going to worry RoxnSox (and others) – and it probably should. But keep in mind, this is just one step of a multi-step process. Let me pose this EXTREMELY hypothetical question (two choices): 1. Conservative, typical Rockies FO move(s) – Stand pat with Nolan for 2019, maybe sign some 2nd tier 1B help and a mid-level OFer. Who knows what happens with Nolan after 2019????? 2. Bold move(s) – trade Nolan to the Halos… Read more »

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The Rockies’ brass will never be bold. They will always be a year or three behind. So….at least one more year of the best fielding third baseman ever. Then they’ll probably re-sign him to a stupid albatross-to-be contract; also their M.O.

What positions do those Angels guys play?

Thumbs up for sheer creative brassery, and for the last sentence for enjoyment value.

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Adell is a CFer. A very athletic CFer. Maitan was signed as a SS…..but it’s too early know his position for sure. Safe to say 3B/SS/or 2B. Adell really blew up this year…..some think he’s a top 10 overall Prospect. So……it may be unrealistic to think Maitan could be had with Adell. It might need to be Adell and a slightly lower level Prospect. Adell probably needs most of 2019 at AA, then maybe a late season promotion to AAA.… Read more »

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Steve Pearce…..otherwise know as World Series MVP. Signed with the Red Sox in the 16/17 offseason for 2 years, 12.5 million. He was a name I threw out (repeatedly) at the time as a platoon, budget 1B option for the Rockies. But no………………….!!!!!!

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Did you hear his name in relation to Rockies internal discussions?! (Maybe just fan discussions, but they could be said to have missed on this one, in hindsight.)

Yeah, it’s that old “journeyman who finally landed with his lifelong favorite team and did MVP duty in the World Series” story…really good baseball fan’s story.

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RnS – it was (one of many) suggestions I’ve thrown out over the years. Funny story – after reading your comment above, I briefly undertook an unsuccessful search to find my Pearce comment (I may have posted it on another site) – BUT – I did find some funny stuff. Let’s just say I’ve nailed a few things over the years – but I’ve had some colossal misses as well.

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Indeed.

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The Rockies traded Jerry Vasto for Drew Butera. I have no idea what their logic was behind this move. The Royals waived Vasto and now the Cubs have claimed Vasto off of those waivers.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/10/diamondbacks-name-darnell-coles-hitting-coach.html

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The Diamondbacks hired Darnell Coles as their new hitting coach. Coles recently left his position as hitting coach for the Brewers.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/10/diamondbacks-name-darnell-coles-hitting-coach.html

The Cardinals recently hired Jeff Albert away from the Astros to be their new hitting coach.

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I’ve been following this whole Mets “hire a Player’s Agent” as GM transition with some intrigued. Of course, the Mets have in fact hired Van Wagenen (formerly known as Nolan’s (and others) Agent). This is from MLB Trade Rumors: “Still, the picture is beginning to take shape. In his introductory press conference yesterday, Van Wagenen made it crystal clear that the Mets will be looking to “win now.”” I don’t how serious he is about the “win now” comment. Is… Read more »

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Thanks for the update Bob. Correct move(s) IMO. As I’ve noted above, the only reason to offer DJ a QO is if a Nolan trade is in the works….and even then, it wouldn’t be 100% necessary (and of course a Nolan trade is a long, long shot anyway).

Rockies are clearing (or perhaps not recommitting to) significant payroll. Hopefully this portends to something good.

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Don’t forget that Desmond’s salary drops from $22MM for this year to $15MM for 2019.

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Yep – good point.

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The $7MM saved on Desmond goes directly to the $7MM increase for Blackmon’s salary jumping from $14MM to $21MM.

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Speculation on free agents from MLBTradeRumors. 21. Adam Ottavino – Yankees. Three years, $30MM. Ottavino, 33 in November, will use an excellent contract year as a springboard to a strong contract. Originally a Cardinals first-round draft pick, Ottavino had some success out of the Rockies’ bullpen from 2012-14 before requiring Tommy John surgery in May 2015. He came back strong for the second half of 2016 but hit the DL in May 2017 with shoulder inflammation. That became a lost… Read more »

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Here’s the entire list courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors (or Rumours if you’re a Fleetwood Mac fan): https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/11/mlb-free-agent-predictions-2019.html Give me #8 (Pollock – even with the QO attached) for 4/60M and #13 (Donaldson) for 1/20M and I’m done with FAs. I’ll get to work on Nolan’s extension. Donaldson at Coors…….me oh my, CRAZY! Here’s my lineup: C – platoon (Wolters/Ianetta/?) 1B – Donaldson 2B – Hampson with a good bit of help from McMahon SS – Story 3B – Arenado… Read more »

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I would not waste any money or position on Donaldson. To get full value from McMahon, he needs to play regularly. Sitting him on the bench does not help him or the team. I did read an article that says the Rockies have decided that Hoffman is a starting pitcher and will no longer use him in the bullpen due to poor results from that usage. I think that Hoffman needs a change of scenery and will never reach a… Read more »

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Only 7 Qualifying Offers this year.

Patrick Corbin, SP, Diamondbacks
Yasmani Grandal, C, Dodgers
Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals
Dallas Keuchel, SP, Astros
Craig Kimbrel, RP, Red Sox
A.J. Pollock, OF, Diamondbacks
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, Dodgers

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Ryu is a head scratcher. Bummer (to me) on Pollock, although not a surprise. IMO – he’s a good fit for the Rockies. But the QO makes him even more expensive (meaning draft pick + contract).

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Ryu is the only one to accept a QO.

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Kershaw gets an extra year tacked onto his contract to keep him a Dodger.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/11/dodgers-reach-new-deal-with-clayton-kershaw.html

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Bridich says Rockies will concentrate on offense but does not make any mention of the hitting coaches.

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/rockies-offseason-focus-will-be-on-offense/c-300176516

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The Brewers and the Pirates have hired their new hitting coaches while the Blue Jays just fired their hitting coach. Still nothing new concerning the Rockies and their hitting coaches.

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The Mets let their hitting coach go today.

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Arenado and DJ repeat as gold glove winners. This is 6 gold gloves in a row for Arenado. It is DJ’s third gold glove and 2nd in a row. Others of note, Chapman got the AL gold glove for 3rd base (for sdcarp) and Corey Dickerson got the NL gold glove for left field.

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/nolan-arenado-dj-lemahieu-win-gold-gloves/c-300228630

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Arenado, Baez, and Yelich are final three for NL MVP.

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Black, Counsell and Snitker are the finalists for manager of the year.

Bob K
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Snitker wins NL Manager of Year. Counsell finishes second and Black comes in third.

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This seems fair (Black 3rd). Freeland 4th in Cy Young behind DeGrom, Scherzer, and Nola also seems fair. That’s not bad company.

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Speculation from CBSSports.com: “The Astros pulled off a heist last offseason — things can shift in Pittsburgh’s direction going forward, for sure, right now though it is clearly advantage Houston — and the guess here is they will do it again this winter. Twice, in fact. I see two trades coming down the pipeline: Astros get Jon Gray from the Rockies. Astros get J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins. The “heist” aspect here has as much to do with the trade… Read more »

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I’m certainly in agreement with the “weird moves” portion of this, but I don’t see the Rockies trading away SP-ing.

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Arenado, Marquez and Story win Silver Sluggers. It is Arenado’s 4th in a row and the first for Marquez and Story.

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/silver-slugger-award-winners-announced/c-300459892

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It isn’t going to happen but who would you trade for J.T. Realmuto?

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/rockies-likely-long-shots-for-jt-realmuto/c-300411442

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GM sdcarp’s order of priority for the Rox in the 18/19 Hot Stove season is as follows: 1. 1B 2. OF…..preferably CF 3A. C 3B. Bargain, durable #5 type SPer. 4. Bargain RPers. IMO – we have about 30M to spend. With that in mind, I’m not as “gaga” about Realmuto as most (although I certainly think he’s very good and can be a big help). I’m NOT opposed to trading. The Rox need to get some value from the… Read more »

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Rockies sign catcher Brett Nicholas to a minor league contract.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/11/minor-mlb-transactions-111118.html

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MLBTradeRumors lists Tony Wolters, Chad Bettis and Chris Rusin as non-tender candidates.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/11/2018-non-tender-candidates.html

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If for some unknown reason the Rockies would sign one of the players that has a QO attached to them, they fall in the group (Revenue Sharing Recipients) that would lose their third highest pick. One reason that so many teams made a big effort to stay under the luxury tax last year is that the teams that are paying the Competitive Balance Tax (Red Sox and Nationals) will lose their 2nd highest and 5th highest picks and $1MM from… Read more »

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Last week I saw a blog article by some noted baseball writer (maybe Buster Olney…..I don’t remember, I can’t (re)find the article now)…..proposing a Nolan Arenado for Kris Bryant trade. The premise was the Cubs can afford Arenado, and the Rox gain a year of control with Bryant. Not sure this makes any sense whatsoever……….but I thought of RMH and how his head will surely explode if he reads the article.

EDIT – found it, it was Jake Shapiro:

https://roxpile.com/2018/11/13/colorado-rockies-exploring-a-nolan-arenado-for-kris-bryant-trade/

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Rockies need a new 1st base coach since Tony Diaz was hired by the Twins to be their 3rd base coach. From MLBTradeRumors:

“Also departing the Rockies will be hitting coach Duane Espy, the club announced. It’s not clear what the team’s plans are in this area. For the time being, at least, assistant hitting coach Jeff Salazar is evidently remaining in his role.”