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Friday Rockpile: As the Orlando Cabrera wheel turns

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Redding touts Tracy as reason for signing | ColoradoRockies.com: News
Talking with Jim Tracy helped Tim Redding decide on signing with the Rockies. And he really, really wants to be in the starting rotation. Like a whole lot. In the Denver Post link below this, Redding has one of those nifty "out" clauses if he isn't on the 25-mam roster at the start of April.

Rockies battle Reds for Orlando Cabrera - The Denver Post
Rockies said to be pursuing Cabrera | ColoradoRockies.com: News

Picking up on reports yesterday that the Rockies are looking to sign Orlando Cabrera, Troy Renck and Thomas Harding report that Cabrera would challenge Clint Barmes and Ian Stewart for playing time at second and third.

Inside the Colorado Rockies " Rockies add Speier, Gobble | Major League Baseball in Denver
Mentioned in yesterday's Rockpile, the Rockies signed former Rockies Justin Speier and lefty Jimmy Gobble to minor league deals.

DETNEWS | Weblogs | Baseball: Covering the Bases
The Detroit News offers a Spring Training preview of the Rockies that predicts a first-place finish for the Rockies in the NL West, but finds the offseason moves to be mostly "so what?" And I'm tired of reading about the Rockies needing to be a Cinderella story to make the playoffs.

Cannons in the bushes: rating minor league outfielders’ arms
Cannons in the bushes: Part two, the centerfielders

Max Marchi looks at rating minor league outfielders' arms. Read the first link to find out how he conducted his study. In that same link, you'll find that Ryan Harvey, who played for Tulsa in 2009, is in the top ten arms for right field. The second link covers centerfielders. Charlie Blackmon finds himself in the bottom ten.

Durham or Kansas City? | FanGraphs Baseball

If the Triple A Durham Bulls (Rays affiliate) played the Royals, R.J. Anderson would give a slight edge to the Royals right now. Yet, with an addition or two to the Bulls' lineup. . . . Read the comments as well.