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Thursday Rockpile: Kyle Kendrick ready to hit the ground running

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The Rockies' newest free agent acquisition says he is ready to tackle the challenge of Coors Field and be a mentor to younger members of the rotation.

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New Rockies pitcher Kyle Krendrick eager to try and tame Coors Field - The Denver Post
Patrick Saunders talked with Kendrick about pitching at Coors Field, and the veteran righty sure seems to have the right attitude about it with this quote in the article.

"I want to put up zeroes obviously, but if in that ballpark, with that offense, if you give up three or four runs in seven or eight innings, a lot of time you are going to win,"

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich also discussed Kendrick's addition, praising his past success in hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park.

Kendrick deal gives Rockies' rotation a veteran presence - Rockies.com
Thomas Harding also had a chance to speak with Kendrick, discussing the opportunity he has to mentor some of the Rockies younger pitchers like Tyler Matzek and Jordan Lyles. Kendrick said he learned to be a leader in Philadelphia from the veterans he played with, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee among them.

Rockies new GM Jeff Bridich makes some wise offseason moves - The Denver Post
Saunders also has a column praising Bridich for the moves he has made in his first offseason as Rockies general manager, specifically how he has bolstered both the starting rotation and bullpen. Sure, there have been no splashy deals, but the Rockies have added depth in several key areas.

Rockies add lefty prospect Ybarra in deal with Jays - Rockies.com
Having designated lefty Jayson Aquino for assignment earlier in the week in wake of the trade for David Hale, the Rockies were able to work out a trade with Toronto to move Aquino to the Blue Jays for fellow left-handed pitcher Tyler Ybarra. You can find Purple Row's full coverage of the deal here.

Rockies Caravan: From Albuquerque to Scottsdale - Rockies Zingers
At Rockies Zingers, J.J. Buck has a recap of the Rockies Caravan's recent stop in Albuquerque, the home of the team's new AAA affiliate. Several Purple Row writers came across the region-wide tour as well, in Grand Junction and Salt Lake City.

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