Hopefully you had a wonderful holiday with family, friends, or whomever you were fortunate enough to be around yesterday and over the past few weeks, and now here's to your favorite college football team winning their bowl game (let's go Southern Miss!).
As you digest all the food you ate/watch football/return gifts/sleep it all off, here are a few pieces of news around the Colorado Rockies and the rest of Major League Baseball to get you going on this Saturday morning:
Thomas Harding recaps where it all went wrong for the Rockies in 2015, and how that will impact the club's future. One note he picks up on that deserves repeating: the Rockies only won 36 home games last summer. Bad is bad, and the Rox were bad, but even bad Colorado clubs ought to do better than 36-45 at home. Here's to a better time at Coors Field in 2016; lord knows the Rockies need all the help they can get before heading out on to the road.
The draft order for next June may still change based on which team signs/doesn't sign which player with a qualifying offer, but as it stands right now, the Rockies have three picks in the top 43 (4th, 35th, and 43rd). Here's to another strong draft by Jeff Bridich and company.
Well, the Washington Nationals no longer need a second baseman. That, and $37.5 million is one hell of a Christmas gift for Daniel Murphy. Something tells me he'll enjoy that.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are talking with Kenta Maeda, the Japanese ace who is in the states for a few more weeks meeting with teams. Obviously, Los Angeles needs some starting pitching help, and knowing how much money that club can spend, it's no stretch to imagine them paying a posting fee and a contract (MLB.com hypothesizes five years, $80 million) to the 28-year-old pitcher.
Even though they've been quiet thus far this winter, the Rockies are not listed here; however, a few of the teams that are may make their noise at the Rockies' expense (or to the Rockies' benefit?). Lots of outfield needs still on the board around baseball, including the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles. We'll see how this plays out.