Friday afternoon was the first big day of moves for the Colorado Rockies this winter, when they designated four players for assignment to clear roster space for four minor league prospects they were hoping to protect from the Major League Rule 5 Draft that will take place during the Winter Meetings in December.
We'll have more on that a little later today; in the meantime, here are your news, notes, and links around Rockies baseball that will hopefully make for some good Saturday reading and debate.
With the roster moves coming in a flurry at the end of the day Friday afternoon, I wanted to lead with this tidbit that was lost in the shuffle. Brandon Barnes, of course, is likely nothing much more than a fourth/fifth outfielder, and since he made just over $1 million last year, he's probably not due anything crazy in 2016 (terms of the deal were not disclosed as of late Friday night). But for now, at least, it looks like the spark plug will return to the Rockies in 2016!
Those two are good reads back-to-back, since both quote general manager Jeff Bridich fairly extensively about the Rockies' decision to move on from John Axford and the others as the club protects four minor leaguers from winter poaching.
Not nearly as enjoyable to report on than actual on-field baseball news, but Jose Reyes' 911 call tape was released this week. All eyes are on Major League Baseball as the commissioner's office has an important decision to make as they gather facts from this incident over the winter.
Patrick Saunders recounts why he placed Nolan Arenado in the top three of the National League's MVP race. At the end of the day, none of it matters, since Bryce Harper won in a landslide (and people criticizing a valid ballot from Saunders are frankly kind of wasting their time), but it is refreshing to see a beat writer be transparent enough to share their votes—and their reasoning—in such a public way.
Sadly, there are no Rockies here, but there are a few funny and off-the-wall awards included in that list, and it's a little refreshing and different after a week of super-serious Gold Gloves and Cy Youngs and MVPs and all that stuff.
Our buddies at Rox Pile take a look at Justin Miller's 2015 season, and conclude—like I do, and like you probably should—that Miller has an exciting arm and is somebody the club should lean on in 2016.