2018 Hot Stove Phase I (Post World Series to Winter Meetings/Rule 5 Draft 12/14/2017)

Houston Astros World Series Champions. Great story. It’s interesting to me that the 2014 Sports Illustrated story picking the post nuclear rebuild Astros as 2017 World Champions is getting so much publicity. Everyone has reasons to adopt a team after their favorite team (Rockies) has been eliminated. I know many liked the Astros due to the flood story. Others liked the Astros simply because they hate the Dodgers and their endless $$$$. I personally adopted the Astros because of the nuclear rebuild. What a great job post Ed Wade to recognize that the Organization as a whole was flawed and needed to be rebuilt from the ground up. Nicely done.

 

I propose posting all things Hot Stove here. RMH/Jeem…..feel free to add a cool picture!

 

Rockies big picture:

  1. Need offense.
  2. Need Bullpen replacements.
  3. Have some significant $$$$$ coming off the books.
  4. Need to decide what to do with Ryan McMahon (could help address #1).
  5. Need to get, and keep, David Dahl healthy (could help address #1).
  6. Need to extend Arenado.

I’m calling this Hot Stove Phase for all things through the Rule 5 draft.

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What a great World Series. It made me think about how extremely hard it is to get that far, and how much excellence is needed in all aspects of the team. It also made me think that the Rockies are farther behind than I figured. If Jon Gray becomes a bona fide ace, that’ll help. Do we think that German Marquez is next in line for “really really good?” But these teams have at least TWO ELITE aces apiece, and good-to-great bullpen guys. Of course, the stars (excuse me, planets) have to align somewhat to win it all – one… Read more »

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Top 50 MLB free agents and their possible signings. 19. Brandon Morrow – Rockies. Three years, $24MM. Morrow followed an interesting path to becoming Kenley Jansen’s wingman for the Dodgers in the World Series. Drafted fifth overall by the Mariners in 2006, the hard-throwing righty and Type 1 diabetic skipped the minors and spent his Mariners career being almost comically jerked in and out of late inning relief and starting roles, battling injuries along the way. Then the Blue Jays traded for him and committed to a starting role, eventually buying out a free agent year and getting mixed results… Read more »

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Almonte pitched one shut out inning with one K and one BB in the AFL All Star game tonight.

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Rockies decline Amarista’s option.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/11/rockies-decline-option-alexi-amarista.html

Also, Holland formally declined his player option.

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Thank goodness Holland opted out – I didn’t want this team to get stuck with another bad contract just when we’ve gotten out from Tulo (through Reyes) and Cargo. The Stanton trade rumor is intriguing – I have to imagine that anyone putting out feelers on him has to be demanding tons of salary relief from the Marlins.

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Still not out of the woods on Holland as the Rockies make him a $17.4MM Qualifying Offer. Fortunately they did not make a QO to Cargo.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/11/9-players-receive-qualifying-offers.html

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Arenado and Blackmon not MVP finalists? Goldschmidt, Votto, Stanton instead. I’m surprised there’s two guys from noncompetitive teams since we always hear that voters discount big statistical years that didn’t do much for their teams. Maybe Arenado and Blackmon split the vote. At any rate, Blackmon ought to be right there – it really was an incredible season, and done with solid defense at a premium position.

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Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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This just proves what hypocrites the members of the BBWA are. They did not have any problem voting for Judge as an AL MVP candidate when his home road splits are far worse than either Blackmon or Arenado. Not to mention the fact that he struck out 204 times.

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From MLBTradeRumors
“The Rockies selected the contract of outfielder Noel Cuevas, per a club announcement. Acquired from the division-rival Dodgers in the trade that sent Juan Nicasio to Los Angeles, Cuevas blossomed at Triple-A Alburquerque in 2017. Across 528 plate appearances, he posted a .312/.353/.487 slash with 15 long balls and 16 steals.”

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DJ wins his second Gold Glove while Arenado becomes the first infielder to ever win 5 straight Gold Gloves to start his career.

http://m.rockies.mlb.com/news/article/260899988/rockies-arenado-lemahieu-win-gold-gloves/

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Votto and Goldy both played in extremely hitter friendly parks, no??? Yet they are not penalized. Ggrrrrrrrr.

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Arenado wins the Majestic Athletic Always Game Award voted on by the MLB players. Since this award is voted on by the MLB players, I believe it means much more than awards voted on by the hypocrites in the BBWA.

http://m.rockies.mlb.com/news/article/261043194/rockies-nolan-arenado-honored-by-players/

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Arenado, Blackmon and Stanton were the final 3 for NL Best player which went to Stanton. Altuve, Arenado and Stanton were the final 3 for Best MLB player which went to Altuve who also won the Best AL player award.

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Shane Broyles does good in AFL, hoping to be added to 40 man roster before Nov. 20 deadline for protection from Rule 5 Draft.

http://m.rockies.mlb.com/news/article/261043414/rockies-shane-broyles-turning-heads-in-afl/

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If the Rockies were to sign a free agent that had turned down a QO, they would lose their fourth highest draft pick. The teams that can most afford to sign free agents (Competitive Balance Tax Payors: Tigers, Dodgers, Yankees, Giants, Nationals) really do get penalized much worse since they lose their second and fifth highest draft picks and also have their International Signing Bonus Pool reduced by $1MM. The non revenue sharing teams (Red Sox, Cubs, White Sox, Angels, Mets, Phillies, Cardinals, Rangers, Blue Jays) would lose their second highest pick and have their International Signing Bonus Pool reduced… Read more »

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Too many awards. Always Game Award – huh? Best Player? MVP? Silver Slugger? Gold Glove? No doubt there are more. (Doritos Chevrolet Wells Fargo Best OBP by a Guy Over 35 Award?) They have been sprouting up like weeds as far as I can see. I do value the “voted by players” ones more highly. And I do really like the Gold Glove, and the fact that DJ won another!

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And Nolan, of course! (That’s so close a lock, it barely deserves mention:)

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I value Fielding Bible Award much more than GG.

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Not a problem since both DJ and Nolan won both.

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Blackmon gets Silver Slugger and Nolan becomes the second 3rd baseman (Mike Schmidt is the other) to get at least 3 consecutive Silver Sluggers.

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While the media has repeatedly pointed out that Arenado has three straight 130+ RBI seasons, they really don’t express the enormity of that. How many of you are aware that during that time he has 48 more RBI’s than any other player, and only six players are within 100 RBi’s? I don’t have a database to look this up so I compiled numbers from the leaders each of these years…correct me if I’m wrong. My totals show: Nolan (393 RBI’s), Encarnacion (345, -48), Goldschmidt (325, -68), Rizzo (319, -74), Cruz (317, -76), Pujols (315, -78), and Donaldson (300, -93). Betts… Read more »

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Long gone are the days of a Hank Aaron, Mike Schmidt, or Johnny Bench trotting unemotionally around the bases after a home run, even significant ones. You just weren’t supposed to show up the pitcher and the other team. Now, especially this season, there is an outpouring of excitement by players when they connect. Even Charlie Culberson ran around the bases with his wings extended on a home run that only got the Dodgers within a run in the 11th inning of WS Game 2. It’s my take on this that the players “learned” this from foreign players at the… Read more »

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I like it, Bob. Show some emotion! It’s a game! It’s fun! (I hate that stupid saying “Act like you’ve been here before.” First of all, what the heck does that mean? Second, it SEEMS to mean “don’t even smile.”)

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Braves hire Weiss as bench coach and EY Sr. as 1st base coach. I wish them lots of luck when they are playing anyone other than the Rockies.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/11/braves-hire-walt-weiss-bench-coach.html

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Wilson Defensive Player of the year awards. DJ wins at 2nd base. Tyler Chatwood wins at pitcher and Arenado wins his 3rd consecutive award at 3rd base. Since 2013 Arenado has 104 DRS (defensive runs saved). The next closest 3rd baseman is Machado with 74 DRS followed by Donaldson with 48 DRS and Beltre with 43 DRS. The only player with more DRS than Arenado since 2013 is Andrelton Simmons at SS with 144 DRS.

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Arenado named Platinum Glove winner as Best NL Defensive Player at Gold Gloves ceremony.

http://m.rockies.mlb.com/news/article/261347822/rockies-nolan-arenado-wins-nl-platinum-glove/?topicId=27118374

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Nov. 20 is the deadline to add players to the 40 man roster to protect them from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. The Rockies currently have 33 on the 40 man roster leaving a maximum of 7 players they can protect. I don’t expect them to add 7 players since they obviously will need spaces for Free Agent signings. These are the minor league players that are currently eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. AAA Shane Broyles – RHP James Farris – RHP Matt Flemer – RHP Nelson Gonzalea – RHP Austin House – RHP Sam Howard – LHP Harrison… Read more »

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All 9 players receiving QOs rejected the offers. Greg Holland is now officially a free agent and can negotiate with any team. Hopefully some team (not the Rockies) will make him an offer that he can’t refuse.

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Rockies get pick number 38 in the Competitive Balance Round A of the 2018 draft.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/11/2018-competitive-balance-draft-pick-order.html

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Giancarlo Stanton wins NL MVP. I guess the BBWA members are fixated on home runs. Arenado finished 4th and Blackmon finished 5th.

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Arenado won the Best Play, Offense and the Best Defensive Player awards at the esurance 2017 MLB Awards. Bettis shared the Best Moment award with the Astros and Jameson Taillon.

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/262113824/esurance-mlb-awards-winners-announced/

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From MLBTradeRumors:

“The Rockies announced the selection of the contracts of four players: outfielder Yonathan Daza, lefty Sam Howard, backstop Chris Rabago, and righty Jesus Tinoco.”

I thought that Tinoco might be a possibility since he is only 22.

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This leaves 3 open spots on the 40 man roster.

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Carp, I thought I was the guy with the Billy Hamilton fixation. I still think the best thing for a Coors Field team is a fantastic defensive centerfielder. Willy Taveras was that guy in the World Series year. Outfield defense bothered me last year. The metrics weren’t awful, but the bigger/more filled out Blackmon is due to be moved to RF. Dahl was going to be my CF of the future, but he’s a huge question mark now. And I never much liked Desmond anywhere other than SS or maybe 2B. I do think Hamilton could be traded and that… Read more »

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From MLBTradeRumors:

“The Rockies signed righty Scott McGough to a minors contract, Baseball America’s Matt Eddy reports. McGough was a fifth-round pick for the Dodgers in the 2011 draft and was sent to the Marlins as part of the Hanley Ramirez trade in July 2012. The 28-year-old has a 3.48 ERA, 8.0 K/9 and 2.43 K/BB rate over 325 2/3 minor league innings (almost entirely as a reliever) with the Dodgers, Marlins and Orioles. McGough’s only MLB experience is a six-game stint with the Marlins in 2015.”

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Awhile back the Rockies DFAed Sam Moll and then traded him to Oakland. Recently Oakland DFAed Moll and now he has been claimed by the Pirates.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/11/pirates-claim-sam-moll-from-athletics.html

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From MLBTradeRumors:

“Rockies have signed right-hander Chris Jensen to a minor-league pact (Twitter link). Jensen, 27, was originally Colorado’s sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft. He spent three seasons in the lower minors with the Rockies before being shipped to the A’s along with Drew Pomeranz in exchange for Brett Anderson. Jensen made seven starts and 23 relief appearances for the A’s Triple-A affiliate in 2017, and accrued an equal number of strikeouts and earned runs (56) across 84 2/3 innings pitched.”

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Parking lot at 19th and Wazee to be converted to a “stadium district”. Among other things it will contain a Colorado Rockies Hall of Fame.

https://roxpile.com/2017/12/02/colorado-rockies-will-first-rockies-hall-fame-class/

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Ohtani sweepstakes down to 7 teams. Rockies are not on the list. It was said that only 3 teams did not submit the initial packages requested. Miami was one of those teams and I suspect that the Rockies were another team since the Rockies are not mentioned in any of the Ohtani suitor stories.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/12/shohei-ohtani-plans-to-meet-with-seven-teams.html

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I haven’t written a comment in a while because I’m waiting to see the Rockies’ real moves. #1 on my list is extending Nado.

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Wow!! Cubs sign Chatwood to 3 year $38MM contract.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/12/cubs-sign-tyler-chatwood.html

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Mariners can now give Ohtani a bigger contract than anyone else due to picking up $1MM in International Bonus Pool money when they acquired Dee Gordon from the Marlins.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/12/mariners-to-acquire-dee-gordon.html

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Oh man, Mike Trout is going to have a year for the ages now that Ohtani joined the Angels. Whoo hoo, I’m going to Rockies Angels game first week of spring training.

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I don’t mind bringing Iannetta back at all, for what is (by 2018 standards) a very reasonable contract. I also like it because there’s no way Iannetta will play more than half time, so to me it signals that Tom Murphy is still very much in their plans. (Wolters: why not as a super utility guy? He brings more to the mix than, say, an Amarista type). Ohtani: now that should be fun to watch. Please, please, Angels, let him pitch and hit. All my baseball obsessed life I’ve been wondering why no player has seemed able to do this,… Read more »

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How many home runs will Stanton hit with Yankee stadium as his home park?

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/12/yankees-marlins-reach-deal-for-stanton-still-awaiting-his-approval.html

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Rockies and Cardinals are said to be pursuing Rays Alex Colome.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/12/cardinals-rockies-aggressively-pursuing-alex-colome.html

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I always liked Iannetta. I remember the total oooh-aaah when he blasted one (“when he hits it, it stays hit”)…hope he still brings that. I agree with Carp that splitting time with one of the other guys could work well. I don’t remember how he is as a defensive catcher, but he must have learned in the last few years and at least be serviceable. (One of those words that could mean Yes, good or No, not good enough.) Stanton to the Yankees? Ugh. For more reasons than just that I’m a Red Sox fan. Not conceding the AL yet,… Read more »

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From MLBTradeRumors

“Rockies GM Jeff Bridich poured cold water on some speculation surrounding his team, telling Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post (all Twitter links) and other reporters that the Rox aren’t involved in trade talks for Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna. Bridich also said that the club doesn’t have the payroll capability to shop at the very top of the free agent market for players like J.D. Martinez or Eric Hosmer. One player Colorado is involved with is Wade Davis, as Bridich confirmed that the team is still talking to the free agent closer.”

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Now let’s get Santana at 1B. What I like best about him is low swings at pitches out of zone great BB/9 ratio.

Would u guys give up chips to get Billy Hamilton to roam CF? Or go with Tapia/Dahl/Desmond?

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No! I think we’ve got enough speed (not Billy Hamilton speed) and better bats in our own guys.

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Strong offer on table for Holland and they are still talking. That will be quite a bullpen haul from the winter meetings if he joins Shaw and McGee.

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Shaw is a perfectly fine signing. Looks like the market rate, and he’s about as reliably solid as they come. McGee on the other hand … ugh. I hate this. He’s been in a kind of classic decline since his last year in Tampa. Sure, he’ll have his rebound months – last year, he was good for half the season. But the bad streaks will continue to outweigh the good ones. Another signing today, and a guy I was hoping Bridich would chase: Juan Nicasio, 2 years, $17 million. He’s looked like closer material to me for a few years… Read more »

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Agreed, it’s a head-scratcher on McGee and Holland. Wonder what the Rockies were/are thinking when the things you state are plain as day. The talking heads on TV yesterday loved it, though. They were practically raving about how good the Rockies’ bullpen is, now!

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The Rockies do not select anyone in the Rule 5 Draft but the Giants with the #2 pick select Rockies RHP Julian Fernandez.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/12/2017-rule-5-draft-results.html

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Rockies do make a selection in the AAA part of the Rule 5 Draft.

“In the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft, the Rockies took left-hander Mitch Horachek with the 19th pick in the phase. Playing for Class A Frederick (Md.) last season, the 26-year-old native of Littleton, Colo., went 5-3 with a 3.88 ERA. He struck out 68 but gave up 58 hits in 53.1 innings on his way to a 1.54 WHIP. Opponents hit .270 against him last season and he has a lifetime batting average against average of .272.”

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Adames signs minor league deal with Marlins. “The Marlins signed infielder Cristhian Adames to a minor league contract, Antonio Puesan of Magnus Media reports (Twitter link). The deal contains an invitation to Miami’s Spring Training camp. All ten of Adames’ pro seasons have come in the Rockies organization, including 166 games at the Major League level over the last four seasons. Adames actually appeared in 121 games for Colorado in 2016, though largely in a backup infield role. Still just 26, Adames has a .279/.344/.384 slash line over 3314 career minor league plate appearances and a .561 OPS over his… Read more »

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Do any of you have an answer to this exchange with Patrick Saunders of the DP? On MLB Network Radio this morning, Stan Kasten (part-owner and president of the Dodgers) described LA’s analytics department as “25-30 people, and I really have no idea what they do, but I know it’s really important.” How does this compare to the Rockies’ department in terms of both size and top-level involvement and understanding? Patrick: To be honest, I don’t know how many analytics guys and gals the Rockies employ. I suppose I could find out. I do know that they have beefed up… Read more »

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Dodgers get below luxury tax threshold for 2018 with big trade with Braves temporarily bringing back Matt Kemp.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/12/dodgers-acquire-matt-kemp.html