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Rockpile Links, 3/29: Chatwood hurt, final cuts made

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Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post checks in from Peoria, Ariz. with a recap of last night's Rockies-Mariners Spring Training tilt, including Tyler Chatwood's injury and the Rockies' final roster decisions before Opening Day.

Saunders also wrote a piece going into more detail with the team's final roster moves, with emphasis placed on the fact that Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson will both open the season with the Rockies.

Cliff Corcoran was tasked with writing Sports Illustrated's preview of the 2014 Rockies, and his outlook for the team is not a very rosy one.

Meanwhile at Fangraphs, one writer predicts the Rockies as a playoff team, and both Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez get nods as candiates for the 2014 NL MVP.

Around MLB

The biggest news from around baseball is the strengthening of the Joint-Drug Agreement, with the suspension for a first offense upped to 80 games and a second offense costing a player a full season. Fangraphs' Jeff Sullivan has a look at the details.

Also, two big starts signed lucrative contract extensions in the last 48 hours. Fangraphs' Dave Cameron looks at Mike Trout's deal and ESPN's Keith Law has an opinion on Miguel Cabrera's extension in an Insider-only piece. (Spoiler alert: He doesn't like it.)