The proper first day of the Winter Meetings was pretty fruitless for the Colorado Rockies, though a few rumors began to surface late in the day. Here's what we know after Day 1:
- The Rockies reportedly were "poking around" early in the day about a possible package from the Mets in return for star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, as we covered Monday afternoon. A deal seemed unlikely anyway, but it turns out that information might not have been entirely true. The Rockies and general manager Jeff Bridich did not approach the Mets about a deal, according to Patrick Saunders.
- The Orioles, a potential trade partner with the Rockies due to their need for outfield pop, seem reluctant to deal any pitchers. That makes Baltimore likelier to focus on free agency to fill that hole, meaning the Rockies probably won't be able to spin a deal with the Orioles for pitching.
- The Mariners are heavily interested in Melky Cabrera, another potential acquisition that would hurt the Rockies' chances of dealing some of their outfield surplus for a capable arm or two. However, Seattle is still exploring other alternatives, so not all hope is dead there as of now.
- Colorado, meanwhile, took a whole bunch of calls on Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson, reports Saunders. The Rockies would have to be "wowed" in order to begin thinking about trading any of those players, which makes sense when talking about Arenado and Dickerson, but not so much Blackmon. I'm not saying that Colorado should just jump at the first opportunity to trade the 2014 All-Star, but it's entirely possible that Blackmon's value will never be higher than it is now. If Bridich overplays his hand here, he might miss out on a steal.
- It was reported to us a month or so ago that the Rockies cut ties with strength and conditioning coach Brian Jordan. That news was confirmed by Saunders in a meeting with Bridich on Monday. Jordan, who was with the Rockies for 14 years, and his family were "devastated" by the turn of events according to a person close to the situation. I'm not a doctor or scientist, so I don't know how much the Rockies' injury issues have been affected by the training staff, elevation or simply bad luck, but it does seem Jordan was the fall guy for those issues. We wish him well.
Day 2 of the Winter Meetings should be interesting. It appears Jon Lester is weighing four similar offers. It appears the first team to go beyond six years will land the 30-year-old left-hander, and once that happens, the free-agent starting pitching market should begin moving swiftly.
As far as the Rockies are concerned, perhaps Wilin Rosario will become a topic of discussion after the Cubs finalize a what seems to be an inevitable deal for Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero. That could happen as soon as this morning. And, we'll see if anything materializes in talks involving Arenado, Blackmon and Dickerson, though I don't envision anything happening on that front.