Hot Stove Phase 2 – Winter Meetings

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Hometown - Champaign, IL College - Northern Illinois University, 1988 Sports Editor for my high school newspaper. Travels frequently - I can be found anywhere in the world.

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Greinke to the snakes! REALLY.How can they afford that but we can’t? Also DrewPo back in the division with the Padres.

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Very important info as we head into this weekend. Next season’s top 10 projected pitchers courtesy of FanGraphs and ZiPS.

Keep a close eye on #9.

Clayton Kershaw, 7.5 projected WAR
Chris Sale, 6.0
Max Scherzer, 5.8
David Price, 5.6
Corey Kluber, 5.3
Dallas Keuchel, 5.0
Jake Arrieta, 4.9
Jose Fernandez, 4.8
Carlos Carrasco, 4.8
Felix Hernandez, 4.6

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FanGraphs has a nice article about what it might take to get Carrasco. Here’s the link: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/coming-to-terms-with-carlos-carrascos-trade-value/ Of course, the Rockies aren’t considered (as usual). But let’s consider the Rockies. For the sake of discussion, let’s say Cargo’s WAR will be about 4.0 for both 16 and 17. The Indians could definitely use an impact bat in the OF (at least one – maybe more). The Tribe also needs help at 3rd, so Ryan McMahon would likely appeal. It’s hard… Read more »

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The Shark to the Giants. Pressure is on the Dodgers.

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The developments in the NL West are interesting. First, with Geinke, the Snakes have 3 of the top 5 WAR projected NL West players for 2016 (Greinke, Goldy, and Pollock). They’re also rumored to STILL be the favorite for Mike Leake. A Greinke/Leake/Corbin 1-2-3 looks good. Their up-the-middle defense looks good. They still need a Closer. But they’ll be legit. By adding the Shark, the Giants have a great 1/2 SP punch. They’ll use their typical pixie dust magic to… Read more »

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Well that didn’t take long – Dodgers sign the very capable Hisashi Iwakuma.

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Warning to RMH – do not read this link my friend. You will not be happy! Ed-the-Ump on the other hand will be celebrating.

http://www.purplerow.com/2015/12/7/9860230/if-the-rockies-are-truly-in-rebuild-mode-they-need-to-subtract-not

FWIW – I agree with the article.

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Looks like the NL arms race is continuing unabated. Aroldis Chapman to the Dodgers. I know the Snakes were also pursuing him.

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Spillygoat is predicting Cargo to Cardinals for Marco Gonzalez. Their #3 prospect. Major League ready. Rocky Mountain HS grad. Dad is a coach in the Rockies organization. I like this, but it feels light. We should get one more player back.

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Rut roh – Aroldis Chapman trade to Dodgers held up pending alleged domestic abuse claim against Chapmam.

RMH – I was complaining in earlier post that I don’t have the MLB Network. Well….I’m traveling most of this week and my hotel tonight does have it. It’s probably good that I don’t have it on a regular basis. I would get nothing done.

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Boy – this Chapman situation may be more toxic than the Reyes case. No arrest, but a gun involved.

If I’m the Owners, I battle the almighty MLPA on this issue. These guys are going to get suspended. 50 games (same as 1st offense for PED) feels about right, maybe even a little light. I don’t pay them. Of course the MLPA will file a greivance, but this is a sensitive issue. It won’t play well in public for the MLPA.

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These guys should be placeholders on a rebuilding team.

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Holy shit – we gave Motte a 2 year, 10M contract. We’re idiots. He’s essentially Axford. He could have kept Ax for less – correct?

Idiots.

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The Qualls deal is for 2 years as well – 6M.

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Hilarious comment from an Astros fan (via our friends at Purple Row): “The Astros’ bullpen imploded in Aug/Sept, costing them the division championship. Qualls was a big part of the implosion. He was left off the playoff roster at a time when the Astros were desperate for arms in the pen. They declined a $3.5 mil option, cheap for a reliever, when they’re #1 offseason priority is shoring up their pen to compete with teams like KC. Qualls is done,… Read more »

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Yep. Predictable Rockies move is what I thought when I read about both of these guys. Pretty much past it, way overpaying. Woohoo! Yee-haw! I will, however, hope they are serviceable. (Our gold standard!) Or maybe even Jason Marquis- or Darren Oliver-level – i.e., nicely above serviceable for a while. (Am I remembering right about Oliver? may be somebody else…)

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It appears that Ben Zobrist is nearing a decision (by tonight the always reliable Twitter says). This should allow the offensive portion of the market to get moving.

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Some random thoughts on the “big” bullpen signings- 1. Carp is right. Motte is Axford. (And maybe Qualls is Hawkins) 2. RMH is right too. Motte is Axford in that he promises to be a reliever who may provide some late innings value in a bounce-back year (including the old favorite “experience closing”), but he accomplishes Axford-like results without the walks. Unfortunately, without the strikeouts too. So if you prefer giving up base hits to surrendering walks, I guess that’s… Read more »

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Oops, wrong Korean in my post above. This one is Byung Ho Park to the Twins. 4 years, $12 million. With the posting fee it’s an average of $6 million per year. So a bit more than in my original example, but the point remains the same: small men, small ideas here in Rockiesland.

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Ag – agree on Byung ho Park. I bet I had at least a half-dozen posts about him in the last month. It was no secret, and his ultimate cost was much less than I guessed.

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The big boys are playing now.

As predicted, Zobrist was the keystone.

Zobrist to Cubs
Castro to Yankees
A very solid Adam Warren to Cubs
Shelby Miller to the Snakes

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The Snakes 1-2-3 of Greinke/Miller/Corbin are darn impressive and they still have Goldy and Pollock. The NL “haves” – Dodgers, Giants, Snakes, Cards, Cubs, Pirates, Mets, Nats. 8 teams, 5 playoff spots. The NL “have nots” – Rockies, Marlns, Padres, Brewers, Reds, Phillies, and Braves. The gap is huge. I’ll predict now that the Pirates will fall out of that top group slowly but surely as next season progresses. I think the NL East winner will be weaker than either… Read more »

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So simple math at this moment.

Rox have 39 on 40 man roster (or will after Motte and Qualls pass physicals and officially sign). So there’s obviously a spot saved for tomorrow’s Rule 5 draft. There’s a bevy of hard throwing relievers available – but we’ve got a lot of those already…..so I’m sort of intrigued to see which way we go. Hopefully if we have the sense to pick this year’s Mark Canha (again), we won’t immediately trade him.

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Well, we really don’t have a first baseman (Paulsen looks o.k. as a bench player, nothing more), so this might be the year for a Canha type in the Rule 5. Some analysts like a kid name Balbino Fuenmayor out of the Royals organization – how could you not love the name – so again, why not? As for the Snakes — wow, I’ve got to hand it to them. Would have been easy to say it’s not our time,… Read more »

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Agree on 1B/Paulsen. He’s platoon at best.

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Paulsen: that’s how I had thought of him — lefty half of a platoon. But then I checked his stats … he basically hasn’t seen lefthanded pitching at all. So the mediocre stats he’s accumulated have been nearly 100% against righthanded pitching. In other words, I don’t see much more value to be extracted from him by maximizing his usage. Paulsen’s 28 now, and he has an overall 105 OPS+ in 420 plate appearances. That’s really marginal production for a… Read more »

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“So anyone who’s banking on the Rockies being “set” at 1B is probably saying “we’re o.k. with having one of the poorest producing starting first basemen in MLB””

At traditionally the single most productive position. Not good at all.

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Wow, didn’t realize the Dbacks are giving up 1st overall pick Swanson in the Miller deal. That took some nerve … as does the Braves doing a full Astros this year …

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The Braves have said multiple times they’re not dealing Freddie Freeman. But why not? They’ve gone 95% in on a nuclear rebuild. Might as well go all the way.

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I like Shelby Miller, but for the record, I think the Snakes gave up too much for him. Remember, they thought enough of Dansby Swanson to take him ahead of Brendon Rogers, even though Rogers was a near consensus #1.

We’ll see I suppose. It looks (to me) like the Snakes have about a 2 year window now. Greinke is still in his prime, Goldy is still in his prime, and Miller and Pollack should still be on the upswing.

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I ran across this regarding the Shelby Miller trade (Fromm FanGraphs – a reader’s comment): “For one season of Jason Heyward (the Braves get): One All-Star year of Shelby Miller Tyrell Jenkins Four years of Ender Inciarte The No. 1 pick of the 2015 Draft A top-100 prospect in Aaron Blair” This is a very good point by an astute fan. It points to how far behind we are. We really, really struggle pulling the trigger on trades. We don’t… Read more »

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This pisses me off. I wanted the Rockies to get Shelby Miller…

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So in 2K15 the Mets hang around the Nats, make some bold moves at the deadline, get a big thumper in Cespedes, get hot for the playoffs, make to the World Series. The NY fan base was ecstatic. Super charged, What are they getting now? Presumably (if you believe what you read), not Cespedes. Instead…..Neil Walker. No way, I mean absolutely NO FREAKIN WAY can the Mets get away with only acquiring Neil Walker. They’re still a player for Cargo.… Read more »

Gary
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I want a Cargo deal like the amazing haul the Braves got for Miller.Quit selling Cargo short.We can always trade Blackmon for a small return and keep Cargo-hope he goes off like this late season-then turn something major at the trade deadline.If all you brain trust guys are right about our “window” there is no reason to jump the gun just to get a deal done.The idea of a trade for Schwarber to play first however would really thrill me.

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From Rotoworld (they’re amazingly good at covering real baseball as well as fantasy): “Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the Rockies would be willing to move left-handed-hitting outfielders Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson. Presumably, they wouldn’t trade all three, though that’s not a given. Gonzalez is the biggest name in the group. The 30-year-old slugger started the 2015 slowly enough before turning it on the second half. The Orioles, among others, have reportedly asked about Gonzalez. He’ll make… Read more »

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I’m skeptical about the report about trading all three outfielders (although I’m all for it if the return is right)…..but if it occurs, I’ll have to retract my “Prius in a Formula One Race analogy.” If we are serious about trading all three, it opens up some new possibilities. For example, I think Seattle would like Cargo. But I haven’t included them in my scenarios because their Farm system isn’t pitching rich at the moment. They do however have an… Read more »

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From Jon Heyman: “On Tuesday, Heyman indicated that the Rockies, Cardinals, Giants, and Padres were all in the hunt for Reynolds. He’s now reporting that the Rockies are on track to wind up with the 32-year-old. In 432 plate appearances with St. Louis in 2015, Reynolds slashed .230/.315/.398 with 13 homers and 48 RBI. He’ll get a power boost playing half his games at Coors Field.” Similar to Qualls and Motte, this is a short-term placeholder. We’ve struck gold at… Read more »

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Some of you don’t like stats, so close your eyes (you might want to do that anyway):

Mark Reynolds 0.4 WAR over the last three years combined, 1300+ ABs.

Ag – with the Motte, Qualls, and Reynolds deals, I’m officially revising my current 2016 prediction to 57-105.

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This also piqued my interest:

Jason Motte – 2 years, 10M
Chad Qualls – 2 years, 6M
John Axford – 1 year, 1M

We don’t get the placeholder concept either.

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I’m seeing reports that Axford is getting the same deal as Motte – 2 years, $10 million. So that’s just reshuffling the “proven closer” (i.e., did o.k. closing games at some time in the last half dozen years) deck. Mark Reynolds? Ugh. There was a time — about half a dozen years ago (funny, that number keeps coming up) when I would have said sure, why not. Back then Reynolds was hitting 30+ HRs (44 one year). Not anymore. Strikes… Read more »

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2 years, 10M for Ax sounds more plausible. Thanks for the clarification Ag. I’d rather have Motte if the deals are even.

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Rockies draft Luis Perdomo RHP from St. Louis Cardinals.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/12/2015-rule-5-draft-results.html

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A couple of weeks ago I posted a link to one writers top Rule 5 eligible players and Perdomo was on the list. In fact, as I recall, RMH singled him out as his guy. Cards #11 Prospect. Good move.

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Rut – roh. Shades of Mark Canha. Perdomo already traded – to the Padres.

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Heyward to decide today. Cards and Cubs rumored to finalists. Nice job by his Agent pitting those two against each other.

I’m hoping for the Cubs. Cards and Rox would then matchup nicely for Cargo deal.

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Ironically, there is some thought that Blackmon is the backup plan for the Cubs.

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More “rut roh Shaggy” –

Orioles offer to Chris Davis “off the table.”

Padres end with 4 – that’s right FOUR – Rule 5 picks.

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Braves may flip Ender Inciarte (obtained in the Shelby Miller deal). He’s a guy a I really, really like. Club controlled through 2020. Great speed, great defense. He’d be a perfect fit for CF at Coors.

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Personally I would rather have kept Rosario instead of Reynolds. Reynolds can (and has played) !B, 3B, SS and I believe OF. Unfortunately his natural position is DH and perhaps the Rockies haven’t figured out they are in about the only league in world that doesn’t permit the DH. Motte, Qualls and Reynolds would be nice additions for a veteran team fighting for a playoff spot. By signing with the Rockies they are keeping younger (and better?) players down on… Read more »

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I agree 100%. What have the Rox done? Reynolds (bad BA, loss of power, lots of K’s), Qualls (old and in the way), Motte (3 years past his glory days), and setting the table to say goodbye to some of the only reasons to even pay attention to this sorry lot. We can call for a boycott, but all that would hurt are local restaurants and vendors. So I won’t call for one. Because I don’t care anymore. Still might… Read more »

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Pirates sign Juan Nicasio. Now we can wait and see if their magic makes him really good.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/12/pirates-nearing-deal-with-juan-nicasio.html

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The Rule 5ers are always a crapshoot, so I’m not going to get too wound up about us not grabbing (and keeping) one. But what the hell, why not get a little wound up? Check out our polar opposite, the Padres. They’re taking 4 Rule 5ers into camp (unless they trade one). That’s insane … Or insanely brilliant? You get to evaluate them all spring training, then maybe keep the one that wins the tryout. And if 2 look good,… Read more »

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Preller made a bunch of “bold” moves last offseason. I was skeptical – too many “swing and miss” guys. I think you and others noted the significant defensive liabilities. Of course these concerns came to fruition and the Pads were awful. That being said……it’s my theory that Preller, in year #1, was doing what Ownership wanted. It failed. Now he has more leeway to do what he’s comfortable doing (solely my theory). My point…..I agree with you regarding 4 –… Read more »

Bob K.
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Actually it only costs $125K (return to original team gets $25K back) if you give three of them back and even less depending on what you can trade any of them for.

Agbayani
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119 outfielders have at least 1000 plate appearances over the last 4 years. By Runs Created + (fangraphs), Brandon Barnes ranks 117. And most of the guys around him are defensive specialists like Billy Hamilton. What do the Rockies see in this guy that I’m missing?

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My theory (or more accurately, my “hope”) is that Cargo, Blackmon, and Dickerson will be dealt in a near nuclear rebuild. So we’re positioning ourselves to field a team in 2016. Saw an interesting interview with new Phillies GM. He’s a stereotypical new GM. Young, smart, super well spoken. One thing he harped as a new Phillies organizational goal is not bringing players up to the Majors until they’re ready. 100% ready. Hopefully no return trips to the minors. I… Read more »

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What do the Rockies see in this guy that I’m missing?

Don’t overlook what a great influence he is in the clubhouse. Ag 😉

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A little update on the St Louis Farm System: Baseball America just recently updated their rankings (early November) a now list the Cards top 5 Prospects as pitchers (shocking – right!). They are as follows: 1. Alex Reyes RH 2. Tim Cooney LH 3. Jack Flaherty RH 4. Luke Weaver RH 5. Marco Gonzalez LH Reyes is likely untouchable. Cooney is Major League ready, in fact he pitched in St Louis late in the season, Flaherty is a young freak.… Read more »

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Holy Cow (in my best Harry Caray voice) – Cubs get Stephen Strasburg for Jorge Soler and Javier Baez. Drew Storen also going to Cubs. Now that’s a trade!

I think Strasburg is hurt.

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Oopsie – sorry RWOers. That was a proposed trade that a Cubs blogger retweeted. My apologies. I thought it came directly from the blogger.

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On MLB Network today O’Dowd was referred to as saying that Cargo is very comfortable and quite capable of playing the infield. Another person made the suggestion that the Pirates get Cargo and use him at first base. What the Rockies should get back was not mentioned.

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Then why the heck don’t we keep him and put him at 1B… dump Ben and Reynolds, and start building the next generation with a guy at 1B who could be there for another 10 years with a great bat?

Gary
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and less strain on his legs and fewer walls to run into.

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So Soler not dealt … yet. But everyone seems to think he’s the spare part the Cubs will part with. What do you guys think of him? I can’t make up my mind — still a great prospect, or will that high K rate relegate him to the Mark Reynolds type of player?

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The fact the he shows up in every Cubs trade rumor, along with the fact that Theo is a smart guy, makes me think “use caution.”

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Kind of what I was thinking. Funny, if you’d offered me Soler for Cargo straight up last June, I would have been all over it. But Soler showed no real development, and then Cargo caught fire in the 2nd half. Not sure I’m interested anymore.

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Michael Cuddyer to retire.

Julian
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How about a three team trade: Blackman to the Cubs, Soler to a third team, and that third team sends us pitchers. Who would the third team be? I would think that the Cubs would love to have Charlie. Would we get enough in return to be worthwhile? What team with excess pitching would really want Soler?

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Appears the Nats are interested in Cargo. Just checked Nats top 10 post 2015 prospect via Baseball America. #5 Reynaldo Lopez (RHP – #5)) and Austin Voth (RHP – #9) seem about right.

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Seems to me since our friend Michael Cuddyer retired, Blackmon would be a good fit for the Mets. I’ll take Cheyenne, WY Brandon Nimmo (OF) in return. Nimmo is post-2015 Mets Prospect #5 per Baseball America.

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Have to say, I’ve looked over the Royals current Prospects and I’m not as impressed as I thought I would be. They had the dream Farm system in the 2005-2010 time frame, but it seems to be slipping. That being said…..I do like Raul Mondessi Jr.

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Researched the most up-to-date CWS top Prospect list and I continue to maintain we matchup with them better than many think. They have the following obtainable (IMO) top Prospects:

#3 RHP Spencer Adams
#4 RHP Carson Fulmer
#5 RHP Tyler Danish
#7 OF/1B Courtney Hawkins

I’ve seen Hawkins play in ST. To this point, he’s played OF, but he’s a 1Bman in my opinion. Huge guy. Think Ryan Howard. Gigantic power. Needs to reduce K rate.

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FYI – our friends at Purple Row are currently having their Rockies Top 30 Prospects Poll. You have all week to post your top 30. I did so this AM. Here’s my top 30: 1. Brendan Rodgers 2. Jeff Hoffman 3. Ryan McMahon 4. Jon Gray (I’m high on Gray – but not quite as high as most. However, I will say this (being an old guy) – in 1987 the Braves traded 36 YO Doyle Alexander to the Tigers… Read more »

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It was interesting doing this Purple Row exercise. It actually made me think wholisticly about the entire Organization, instead of randomly talking about individual guys. A couple of things jumped out at me with my 2019 contention window (and playing 500 ball in 2018) vision: 1. We don’t have a legit 1B Prospect on the surface. This is nothing new. We knew this. Going into 2015, I was an advocate of eventually moving McMahon to 1st. But the scouting reports… Read more »

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so…whats the most idel front office in the MLB up to these days?

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I’ve read from various (and always reliable – ha!) internet sources that Nats are considering Brandon Phillips and he even contacted Daniel Murphy’s Agent. Perhaps a Cargo/LeMahieu package might entice them to deal several of their young pitchers. Nothing wrong with one stop shopping!

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Three team trades always confuse me. It’s a lot of information for my poor feeble brain to process. But this Dodgers/White Sox/Reds trade is a real head scratcher. Let me see if I get this; White Sox get Todd Frazier. They needed an impact bat, a 3Bman, and he’s relatively cheap. So I get it from their end. Dodgers get Frankie Montas and Micah Johnson (a poor man’s Dee Gordon). I REALLY get it from their end. Reds – get… Read more »

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The strange offseason for the Dodgers continues. Free Agent (near) signing Hisashi Iwakuma falls through due to questionable physical, so Iwakuma resigns with Mariners. This on the heels of the near trade for Aroldis Chapman. So basically……the Dodgers pitching staff is still where it ended in 2015 with the huge exception of missing Zack Greinke, and having a pissed off, nearly left at the alter, Closer in Kenley Jansen. Mark my words……these guys will do something major before the start… Read more »

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Fun question: What MLB team would you think appears on the most no-trade clauses?

Its hard to say any team would appear more than the Rockies, right? You have to think almost every half decent pitcher that would have such a clause would have us on there. Maybe Miami because of their shit management/ownership, but what multi-millionaire wouldn’t love to spend their off days in South Beach.

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That is an interesting question but I suspect that the Rockies is not the answer. From what I have seen the more likely a team is to want to trade for a particular person, the more likely that team is to be on the player’s no trade list. A few players actually put teams on their no trade list because they don’t want to go there but most put teams on their no trade list as leverage to gain better… Read more »

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Well – I can certainly see the Rockies being on many-a-pitcher’s no trade list. But we shouldn’t be on any everyday player’s no trade list. So I’m not sure where that puts us in the big scheme of things.

Julian
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With the number of free agent outfielders remaining, I’m concerned that we may not find a trade partner for CarGo.

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This appears to be a good, fair deal for everyone involved. Good for Otto!

I’m completely comfortable, and even bullish, on RPers returning from TJ. Since we’re destined for a disasterous 2016, I advocate being very cautious and ease Otto back slowly. That being said, it would be cool to see him get about 20 live innings late in 16.

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12/10/15 – Rosell Herrara signed as Minor League FA.
12/15/15 – Jason Gurka signed as Minor League FA.
12/18/15 – Gonzalez Germen signed as Minor League FA and assigned to Albuquerque.
12/19/15 – Jackson Williams Catcher signed as Minor League FA and assigned to Albuquerque.

Gary
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Lots of other teams are actually signing REAL major leaguers to minor and major league deals.Of course just like last year we stand pat!

Gary
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Merry Christmas to you all and thanks for letting me post my often drunken rants and ideas on our great site.

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They’re awesome Gary -keep them coming.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. Thanks for the many hours of good reading (and me composing rants) that RWO provides. Would say I’m looking forward to another great season… perhaps I’ll just say looking forward to the discussions.

John

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The Padres have a mess on their hands as a “mentally ill man” took legal title to Petco Park by filing out a deed transfer, as David Garrick of U-T San Diego writes. The man, Derris Devon McQuaig, cannot truly claim ownership to the building, but he can create a hassle for others. “I don’t think in any way it would be deemed credible because it’s pretty clearly just a ‘wild deed’ that has no legal sufficiency,” Olson said. “But… Read more »

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Rockies sign Yohan Flande. I assume that it is as a Minor league free agent.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/12/rockies-re-sign-yohan-flande.html

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Yankees sign Ardolis Chapman. I would have liked it if the Rockies traded for him with the incentive to once again be a starting pitcher. Do the same with Wade Davis. Have fireball closer mentality pitchers in the starting rotation. Think outside the box….

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The Yankees are thinking Chapman 9th and mixing and matching Betances and Miller in the 7th and 8th. They’ve shortened the game to 6 innings. The big enough, powerful enough, and rich enough to pull this off.

sdcarp
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Brilliant move really. They get to audition him for a year to see if they want him as a FA. If not……they will likely get a compensation pick.

Bob K.
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Mike McKenry signs minor league deal with Rangers.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/12/rangers-sign-michael-mckenry.html

Gary
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Gary

Good for him.Great guy and team mate from all accounts.

Gary
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Gary

Happy New Year to all! I do expect it to be even more painful than last year and have given up on ever seeing another World Series team here in my lifetime.Regardless of talent and prospects the Monforts will never spend enough to compete with the other teams in the division let alone all of MLB.That being said,I still think $ 10,000 a pitch{Greinke} is obscene and tarnishes my love for the game! Happy New Year anyway.

Bob K.
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Bob K.

At least we don’t have to worry about the Rockies bringing back Kyle Kendrick. He has signed a minor league deal with the Braves.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/12/braves-to-sign-kyle-kendrick.html

Gary
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Gary

Although not a native I’ve been here since 1976 and I noticed something in the Post I believe pertinent to all Denver b-ball fans.An obit of a guy in a Cardinals cap caught my eye earlier in the week.It was for Vern Rapp.Denver Bears coach and manager as well as big league Manager and coach of Cards and others.I know he is very well liked and respected in all Denver baseball circles.Just thought I’d mention it and say R.I.P.Vern.