Saturday Rockpile: Lopez, Gregg on Rockies' radar

SI.com's Jon Heyman says the Rockies are in the mix for Felipe Lopez
Of all of the infielders said to be courted by Colorado, I believe this one is the best (offensively, at least). It looks like the Rox are serious about getting a deal done with one of these guys (Orlando Hudson, Orlando Cabrera, Melvin Mora, Lopez) sooner rather than later. Which guy do you think is the best option for the club?

Gregg in Rockies' sights - The Denver Post
Troy E. Renck says the Rockies are making a play for veteran reliever Kevin Gregg. Gregg has not been a world beater at the back-end of the Marlins' and Cubs' bullpens the past couple of years. Although his K/BB ratio improved quite a bit last season, he allowed 13 home runs in just 68.2 innings pitched.

Turnbow passes on Rockies’ offer; Fogg signs with Mets | All Things Rockies
Derrick Turnbow reportedly turned down more money to sign with the Florida Marlins, stating that he feels he has a better chance to earn a spot in their bullpen. The fact that the Rockies have added a slew of relievers in the past few days probably contributed to Turnbow's decision.

Keith Law: Top 2011 sleeper prospects by organization - ESPN (Insider Only)
Law lists one player from each organization who might crack the top 100 next offseason. For the Rockies, it's Charlie Blackmon. Law had the following to say in his description:

"I've mentioned shortstop Hector Gomez's upside many times, and I still believe Chris Nelson can be an above-average second baseman in the majors, but both players have missed huge chunks of the past two years due to injuries. As for next year's list, outfielder Charlie Blackmon can run, plays a solid center field and didn't show the enormous platoon split of a lot of left-handed hitting prospects, and he handled the jump straight into high A for his first full season."

 

Cubs staying in Arizona for spring training - The Denver Post
Although the Cubbies' fans are annoying, this is very good news for the Rockies and the rest of the Cactus League. It would have been fairly detrimental to lose the league's best-drawing team.

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