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Friday Rockpile: As the Winter Meetings approach, the Rockies decide on their priorities

Rockies hoping to strengthen rotation, 'pen | News
Thomas Harding runs down the areas of need, the trade chips, and a number of other important categories right before the Winter Meetings start.

Rockies still interested in signing Torrealba | News
The Rockies will look at resigning Yorvit Torrealba, but they'll want to see the market that emerges for him at the Winter Meetings. Apparently, the Rockies have expressed interest in Derrick Turnbow, a reliever who has not pitched in the majors since 2008 as a result of a labrum tear.

Baseball teams will showcase their talent in Homestead - Baseball -
Carlos Gonzalez will be in the States this weekend as he travels to Miami to take part in a showcase of Venezuelan baseball.

Best of the Decade: Best Waste of Money - Inhistoric
And the former Rockie who makes this list is. . . .

Cubs trade Jake Fox, Aaron Miles to Oakland - MLB Daily Dish
Why does Billy Beane want Aaron Miles?

Shelbyville Times-Gazette: Another Brothers inks with Lipscomb
Those Brothers jokes that members here like to make might be a bit more appropriate if the Rockies ever draft his brother, Hunter. For now, Hunter will follow in Rex's footsteps and spend a few years at Lipscomb.

Esmay takes over as interim baseball coach | The State Press - An independent daily serving Arizona State University
A couple of weeks ago, Arizona State coach Pat Murphy resigned unexpectedly. His replacement, Tim Esmay, was set to become a scout for the Rockies before Murphy left the team. Now Esmay replaces Murphy as the head coach. Best of luck to Esmay, who will now lead a big-time program in one of the best baseball conferences.

Two costly? -
The Cardinals will need to settle on what to do with Matt Holliday soon. It looks as if they'll spread the money needed to sign Holliday to several players and then commit the rest of their resources to inking Pujols long-term. Prospects: San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects
Third overall pick this past year, Donavan Tate was just named the Padres' tops prospect entering the 2010 season. Did you also hear that he broke his jaw in an ATV accident over the weekend. To be a top draft pick by the Padres. . . .