Happy New Year! New year, new me, fresh start and resolutions and all that junk. What's your New Year's resolution for 2016? Mine is to spend more time on Twitter, be rash in how I react to everything I see online, and sit on the couch a couple more hours a week than I did in 2015. Now those are realistic goals!!
Some MLB news and notes for you today:
Save your Kyle Kendrick jokes (or hell, get 'em out of the way now, I don't care), it's great to see him get another gig in baseball; he'll go to camp as a non-roster invitee and can make a few million bucks in 2016 if he makes the Braves and hits certain incentive levels. Here's wishing the very, very best for a man who did nothing but show up and be professional during his time in Denver despite things, well, not going his way.
A second former member of the Colorado Rockies has signed! Michael McKenry will head to camp with the Texas Rangers in 2016. Good for you, Mac — as with KK, here's hoping the odds are in the catcher's favor in Arlington after a pretty tough season in Denver last summer (and we'll see him during Spring Training in Arizona, won't we?).
The dominoes have fallen for a third former Rockie as EY, Jr. comes to terms with the Brewers on an incentivized minor league deal with an invite to spring camp. We will probably see a lot of him, too, during Spring Training in Phoenix as you'd expect him to get a considerable amount of March playing time as he fights for a big league job.
The Rockies are on here! In what should not at all be a surprise to everyday readers here at Purple Row, MLB.com and other prospect-covering folks around the game love the Rockies' minor league system. Let's hope all this love turns into wins two, three, and four years from now. Then again, with a point, there's always a counterpoint.
The Rockies' own Jenny Cavnar is mentioned here, after she had her hand in some history this summer with the good guys' radio booth. Great to see her — and the Rockies-centric world — making strides in 2015, and here's to progress still over the next season and beyond. Here's a great thing about Cavnar that you should read, too.
I've got to hand it to River Ave Blues; when I saw this post come across on my Google Alerts, I was very suspicious that it would be, well, awful. But — while the Rockies are absolutely most definitely almost certainly not going to trade Chad Bettis — this post is a pretty darn detailed look at some pros and cons to doing so, as well as a good player profile on Bettis. I don't think this is a reality, at least not this winter, but it's a thorough look at Bettis and similar previous players who were traded, so for that, it's worth a look.