You guys are probably sick of us continually writing about the Rockies third base situation, whether it's Ian Stewart, Ty Wigginton, or otherwise. However, it's also the Rockies' biggest offseason need and the one they've been the most open about wanting to fill, so we go where the story is. In today's case, the David Wright rumors are beginning to heat up, as the Mets have claimed to be open-minded when it comes to potential deals for their All-Star third sacker. If the Rockies do indeed have as much interest in Wright as has been reported, they'll need to take a careful look at what type of player he is heading into 2012 and beyond. In addition to that, whether or not they'll be able to extend his contract will have a lot to do with what they end up offering to the Mets in return. The Rockies have a lot of solid young pieces that could be moved for Wright without too much organizational consequence, and selling high on players such as Tim Wheeler and Edwar Cabrera would fit the bill nicely. Will the Mets bite? At any rate, things could get quitefun over the next few weeks.
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The Arizona Fall League continues to roll along, with Rockies players still receiving good chunks of playing time. Nolan Arenado still leads the pack, as he is hitting .377/.393/.547 with a couple of homers and 19 RBI in 55+ plate appearances. Prospect guru and scout extraordinaire Keith Law discussed Arenado during his weekly chat:
It seems that a proper comp for Arenado's immediate ceiling is 2006-2008 Garrett Atkins, and I would be completely unopposed to that. Atkins was below-average but also very much competent at third base. Arenado appears to be on the same track. He could also be much more than that.
Updates on other Rockies farmhands playing in the AFL:
Tim Wheeler - .255/.317/.455, 2 HR, 17 RBI
Ben Paulsen - .238/.304/.286, 0 HR, 3 RBI
Parker Frazier - 3.60 ERA, 8 K, 4 BB in 10 IP
Joe Gardner - 3.86 ERA, 11 K, 4 BB in 7 IP; 2.67 GO/AO ratio
Casey Weathers - 9.00 ERA, 4 K, 7 BB in 4 IP
A couple more links after the jump...
Rockies' Spilborghs, Stewart in holding pattern - The Denver Post
Troy Renck discusses the situations for Ryan Spilborghs and the much-ballyhooed Ian Stewart. Both are non-tender candidates, and both are looking to play in winter ball leagues. However, they're recovering from injuries and don't want to take risks as they look to get contracts for the upcoming season. My personal belief is that, with Charlie Blackmon breaking into the big leagues and the Rockies going after Michael Cuddyer or Josh Willingham, Spilborghs will be non-tendered. However, if they don't land a Cuddyer or Willingham by the December 12th tender deadline, that could change. The club will likely hold on to Stewart either way, but 2012 will be Stewart's final chance to show that he is not Brandon Wood.
Rockies make Jerry Weinstein new catching coach - The Denver Post
Minor coaching staff change here, as Modesto manager Jerry Weinstein will begin serving as the Rockies' catching coach in 2012. Maybe he can make some waves with Wilin Rosario - although Tracy Ringolsby does not believe that Rosario will be with the big league club to start the season.