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Thursday Rockpile: Offseason battle lines are being drawn

There hasn't been much to talk about for a large portion of this Rockies season, but the upcoming offseason is shaping up to be fascinating.

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Troy Tulowitzki says "something needs to change" with Rockies before 2015 - The Denver Post
In the big story of the day, Troy Tulowitzki tells Nick Groke that he thinks some things need to change with the Rockies and that he hopes it happens "fairly quickly." It seems Tulowitzki wants too see some changes in the team's front office or the thing that changes with the Rockies may well be his departure from the team.

Tulowitzki spells it out: Wants to stay with Rockies - Rockies.com
In an article that seems to almost directly contradict Groke's piece in the Post, Tracy Ringolsby says that Tulo has no doubts about staying with the Rockies for his whole career. Now, the article is for the Rockies' official website and doesn't mention the word "win" once, so make of that what you will.

What actually happened last month between the NY Mets and Colorado Rockies with Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki? - New York Daily News
New York Daily News baseball insider has the inside scoop from a Mets perspective on what did and did not happen between the two teams at the deadline regarding a trade for Carlos Gonzalez and/or Troy Tulowitzki. He mentions an interesting nugget about Rockies officials, up to and including Dan O'Dowd, scouting Mets prospects, with pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom leading the list.

Rocky Mountain Lows: Inside Colorado's Disastrous Season - Grantland
Denver resident Jonah Keri has an excellent profile of the train wreck that has been the Rockies' 2014 season for Grantland. He breaks down the team's issues into three areas: injuries, a lack of run prevention and an incompetent owner.

Rockies Mailbag: Why the inertia and the MLB trade deadline? - The Denver Post
In a shocking development for a team that has lost 54 of its last 77 games, Patrick Saunders' Rockies mailbag consists almost entirely of questions from angry fans. Saunders, as usual, provides well-thought out, rational answers to the concerns of Rockies fans who are rightfully irritated at the team's performance.

Jordan Lyles debuts new out-pitch in his return to Rockies after broken hand - The Denver Post
Groke talks about Lyles' return from the disabled list and win over the Cubs in which he debuted a new version of his changeup, which he used often and to good effect in the 13-4 victory.

Tulo tests injured hip with batting practice - Rockies.com
In addition to speaking to the media yesterday, Troy Tulowitzki ramped up his rehab from a hip injury by taking batting practice at Coors Field. After peppering the left-field stands with home run balls, he told Thomas Harding the hip felt good and will have a better idea about a return date after taking defensive drills today.

The Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs, and Hope - Rox Pile
Hayden Kane says Rockies fans can look to the Cubs, specifically their crop of young hitters, as a source of hope for the future in a column at Rox Pile.

Around MLB

New GM Preller faces tough task in turning around struggling Padres - SI.com
The Padres have reportedly hired former Rangers executive A.J. Preller to be their new general manager, and SI's Jay Jaffe says he has a tall task in front of him in rebuilding San Diego, a team that hits as poorly as the Rockies pitch.

Jon Lester for Yoenis Cespedes: A trade like no other - Beyond the Box Score
At Beyond the Box Score, Scott Lindholm discusses the rather unique nature of the trade executed between the Red Sox and A's at the trade deadline that saw them swap an established star for an established star, a deal that has become increasingly rare in baseball.