Not much of a day for Rockies-related news, folks. A few things are out there, though:
-If you're having trouble understanding the arbitration process, check out Padres' executive Paul DePodesta's blog, where he goes somewhat in-depth about the "not pleasant (or terribly productive) exercise, as he puts it. It's no wonder that the Rockies have only been to three arbitration hearings in the history of the franchise - it sounds like a royal pain.
-In an interesting piece about the remaining big-name free agents and where they would best fit in, Fox Sports' Jeff Moore mentions the following:
Dunn could fit well in Colorado as a power replacement for the departed Matt Holliday, and that sure would be fun to watch, but the cost of having an air traffic controller employed full time might be too much for the Rockies to handle, as would be the debacle of watching Dunn chase down balls in the expansive Coors outfield. He'd be a triple waiting to happen.
I have to agree with Moore. While Dunn would likely put up HUGE power numbers playing half of his games in Denver, it would be an absolute adventure having him in the outfield. And, with the current logjam that the Rockies apparently have with corner infielders (Helton, Atkins, Stewart, and sometimes Baker), signing him to play first base would not be worth the money at this point. Still, it's an interesting concept. What do you guys think?
-Finally, Arizona Diamondbacks' mascot D. Baxter the Bobcat was fired yesterday after the team found out about an Extreme DUI arrest on September 10th, 2008. I'd be heavily drinking too if my team was in the middle of an epic collapse. Serves those pesky D-Backs right. Hopefully, Dinger does not have to resort to following suit this September.