Ready or not, the hot stove is upon us, and the Colorado Rockies — like everybody else — are going to be involved in all kinds of rumors, murmurs, reports, and stories from "sources." Fun!
In fact, some fun was had last night with the Braves:
Nothing ended up happening, but here's what we know now: the Atlanta Braves have been discussing (intensity levels vary) some type of trade with a National League West club, and it allegedly involves Andrelton Simmons. The Giants were ruled out by their own beat writers, and other reports indicate the Padres may not have interest (but they would have a need for a shortstop). You don't think... Nah, it couldn't be. Right? .....Right?
Andrew Dill of RoxPile takes a look at the likelihood of a Carlos Gonzalez trade this offseason and what the Rockies would be looking for in any potential return for him. He also touches on what the Rockies might do in free agency and what a Gonzalez trade would mean for the big league club today.
Gil Whiteley had Thomas Harding of MLB.com on his radio show to discuss José Reyes and the repercussions of his recent arrest from a baseball perspective. Harding says the Rockies were never likely to trade Reyes, as there was little interest around the league.
Fangraphs looked at what would happen if baseball had relegation similar to what you find in the European soccer leagues, where the three worst teams are sent down to a lower tier and the best three from that tier are brought up. Lucky for us, relegation is not real, because otherwise we would be watching a Triple-A ball club next year. [Insert Rockies joke here.]
Words on Raimel Tapia from a prospect observer who Tapia has not yet convinced: "Just trollin’ me at this point with his third straight multi-hit game on a night I write the Update."
This one isn't Rockies related, but a great resource for tracking the moves being made across the league this offseason, will be especially useful when the winter meetings roll around.
Nine free agents are projected to receive contracts worth $20 million per year or more this offseason, and Will Leitch takes a look at what that could mean for the clubs who sign them, and how these contracts often backfire.
Adam Peterson of Rockies Zingers looks back at what the ZiPS projections had to say about the Rockies offensively in the preseason and how well it matched up to reality. The Rockies performed surprisingly well considering their record, with only two players under performing.