Rockpile links, 3/27: Still waiting on roster decisions

Josh Rutledge may be on the outside looking in or he could take the final roster spot. - Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

With half a week to go until opening day, the Rockies have yet to finalize their roster. This has left the sporting news community to speculation on who will take the final few spots.

Seventh relief pitcher, fifth outfielder, utility infielder, backup catcher...these were four of the six biggest questions for the Rockies roster entering spring training and they still remain today.  With Barnes already answering the question of fourth outfielder and Nicasio earning fifth starter before a sixth was needed, the Rockies have the luxury of picking from some strong competition on these remaining questions.  Here are the links talking about it.

Roster not yet finalized, though Bettis looks good - mlb.com

Thomas Harding describes the pitching options and the catching options in his daily group of mini-articles.  He also discusses Jorge De La Rosa's strong outing yesterday and the two-headed closer option of the Rockies.

Rockies can win 90 games according to Dick Monfort - Denver Post

This has become an annual piece and really offers nothing new.  I am pretty sure that we have seen this article every year out of the Denver Post right before the start of the regular season.

Rockies mailbag - Denver Post

Patrick Saunders answers fan questions, including discussion on pitching prospects Eddie Butler and Jon Gray.

2014 Positional Power Rankings: Starting Pitchers - fangraphs.com

This may have been shown earlier in the week, but I want to emphasize that our starting rotation was #9 on fangraphs preview, ahead of the Rays and just behind the Dodgers.  Don't worry though, Jeff Sullivan does a good job of downplaying the numbers in his analysis.

Slow news day as opening day approaches, enjoy your Thursday and have a great weekend!

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