Besides lighting it up in the Olympic qualifier (where he was named MVP), according to Tracy Ringolsby of the Rocky Mountain News, Ryan Shealy's work in the outfield is progressing very nicely. So nicely, in fact, that in a welcome surprise, the Rockies have come to their senses in regards to going after Marquis Grissom (Ryan Spilborghs continuing with a hot bat in Mexico also helps).
The article also chimes in on the unfolding pursuit of a catcher, with former Rockies farmhand Josh Bard gettting another mention as a primary target. Bard would be less of an offensive threat than Paul LoDuca, but would also be considerably cheaper and younger. the final few notes are on a few players the Rockies had expressed interest in but are asking for contracts well beyond what we're willing to approach at this time. Kudos to the team for not caving to Shawn Estes and Pedro Astacio's demands.
For those ESPN insiders among you, Dan O' Dowd talks with Buster Olney about staying the course with our youth, I can save you the dime and tell you it's nothing you haven't heard before if you've been following the team regularly. The fact that we're actively trying to lock in our best young players like Brian Fuentes, Aaron Cook and Matt Holliday into longer term deals hopefully gets us out of being the de facto Ny Yankees, Boston Red Sox farm team we'd started to become.
Since I did something like this the other day with the backstops, I thought I might also point out how much room there is for improvement in our corner outfield positions in relation to the rest of the division (this time, I'm deferring to Beyond the Box Score's compilations:
2005 NL West Left Field by Win Shares:
- Colorado, 23 WS
- Arizona, 23 WS
- San Diego, 22 WS
- San Francisco, 18 WS
- Los Angeles, 13 WS
- San Diego, 34 WS
- Los Angeles, 23 WS
- Arizona, 21 WS
- San Francisco, 17 WS
- Colorado, 16 WS