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Rockies looking to add talent at Winter Meetings

Pitching of both the starting and relief varieties will be atop the Rockies' shopping list as they head to San Diego for the Winter Meetings next week in San Diego.

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While willing to listen, Rockies could add at Meetings -
Thomas Harding reports that while the Rockies will entertain offers for Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, the team has no mandate to shed payroll and may look to add players, especially pitchers, at the upcoming Winter Meetings.

Chacin aims to turn disappointment of '14 into production in '15 -
One pitcher that could bolster the Rockies' pitching staff in 2015 is already on the roster in Jhoulys Chacin, who will be looking to bounce back from an injury-riddled 2014 season that saw him compile a 5.40 ERA in just 63 1/3 innings.

A healthy Chacin could join Jorge De La Rosa, Tyler Matzek and perhaps Jordan Lyles in making up a solid foundation for the Rockies' rotation in 2015.

How Valuable a Trade Piece is Taijuan Walker? - Fangraphs
With rumors of the Rockies and Mariners in trade talks, Fangraphs' Jeff Sullivan takes a look at the value of right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker, who may be a target for the Rockies, especially in a trade involving Carlos Gonzalez.

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Mariners Get Depth, Blue Jays Get Better - Fangraphs
One trade the Mariners already have made is a swap of outfielder Michael Saunders to the Blue Jays for pitcher J.A. Happ, with Jeff Sullivan concluding that, while Toronto got the better of the deal, he can still see Seattle's rationale.

Markakis' health may have persuaded Orioles to let him leave - FOX Sports
Free agent outfielder Nick Markakis signed a four-year, $44 million deal with the Braves yesterday, after having spent the entirety of his nine-year career in Baltimore. Ken Rosenthal reports that a back issue may have dissuaded the notoriously health-conscious Orioles from re-signing him.