Pitching is Rockies' top priority in 2016 - MLB.com
In a roundup of stories to watch for the rest of the offseason, Thomas Harding focuses on the Rockies' attempts to add to their starting rotation.
Harding reports that one of the main ways the Rockies have looked to add a starter is by trading Carlos Gonzalez, and that they have had talks with several teams that have ultimately led to nothing at this point, as Colorado has been rebuffed in its efforts to add Colorado natives Kevin Gausman and Marco Gonzales, among others.
The Rockies could also add pitching by trading another outfielder, perhaps to the Tampa Bay Rays, who have Jake Odorizzi, Matt Moore and Drew Smyly available.
Later in the article, Harding touches on the status of Nolan Arenado and assesses the Rockies current group of pitchers for both 2016 and beyond, giving special focus to Jorge De La Rosa and Jon Gray.
Aroldis Chapman traded to Yankees - MLB.com
In moves that did happen, the Cincinnati Reds shipped closer Aroldis Chapman to the Yankees for a quartet of prospects, none of which were particularly heralded. It is an interesting return for a player who, at age 27, is one of the most dominant relievers in baseball but has a contract set to expire after 2016 and significant off-field issues hanging over his head.