Catching upgrade, Rosario deal possible for Rockies | rockies.com
The Rockies won't do anything behind the plate until a decision is made on Wilin Rosario, who is reportedly being shopped around to American League clubs. But, if that happens, several candidates have been mentioned. The idea of signing Nick Hundley has some traction behind it, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, while Thomas Harding reveals Geovany Soto, David Ross and Jose Molina as "potential targets."
Before they make a move, the Rockies have to decide which is more important at catcher: defense or offense. They likely aren't going to get both out of Rosario nor anyone on the trade and/or free-agent markets. Current backup catcher Michael McKenry might be the closest thing to it, though he still leaves quite a bit to be desired behind the plate due to his lack of arm strength and, at times, focus.
In light of that, would it be the worst thing for the Rockies to stick with Rosario? Not according to Baseball America's Ben Badler:
Can think of quite a few teams that could use a catcher like Wilin Rosario. Expect a bounceback year.— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) December 3, 2014
Looking for Value in the Non-Tenders | FanGraphs Baseball
Eno Sarris examines a few non-tendered players who could provide value to other teams. Former Rockie Eric Young Jr. makes the list. Young has done a tremendous job turning himself into a good defensive outfielder, and if he can rediscover some of the hitting ability he displayed while in Colorado, he might prove to be a good bargain pickup for a team in need of a speedy switch-hitter.
2015 Mock Draft: Callis, Mayo call Top 10 | MLB.com
The Rockies at No. 3 overall in the 2015 MLB Draft are in play for any of the top four prospects, which appear to be shortstops Brendan Rodgers and Dansby Swanson and pitchers Brady Aiken and Michael Matuella. Rodgers, whom I believe is the most talented player in the draft, draws comps to J.J. Hardy and Stephen Drew -- and, of course, Troy Tulowitzki, though I don't see it personally.
Rockies-Mariners Trade? It Could Work
A Carlos Gonzalez-for-James Paxton swap would benefit both teams, says Duncan Marshall. I don't agree with the sentiment that losing CarGo "would not hurt the Rockies at all," but in order to gain some real talent that can help the club, parting with the oft-injured star might be necessary.
Buyers, Sellers, Holders, and Folders | Rockies Zingers Colorado Rockies Baseball
Selling off star players and other core members of a team for prospects and other cost-controlled pieces might not be all it's cracked up to be, writes Ryan Hammon.