With the Rockies seeing potentially nine different lefties in divisional games alone, Brandon Barnes is looking forward to refocusing on getting back to his his pre-Rockies form against lefties; Barnes hit .296/.354/.437 against left-handed pitchers while with the Astros in 2013. As the current roster stands, Barnes could stand to see increased playing time with Stubbs gone and the Rockies left with four left-handed hitters in Dickerson, CarGo, Parra, and Blackmon.
Arenado, DJ LeMahieu, and Chuck are among the 156 MLB players who have filed for salary arbitration. All players will seek to reach an agreement with their respective clubs, exchanging figures on Friday if no deal has yet been made. From then, the two parties will have until February to negotiate a deal, at which point they'll appear before a three-person arbitration panel. MLBTradeRumors.com pegs Arenado to earn $6.6 million for 2016 through arbitration, with Blackmon at $4.5 million and DJ at $3.7 million. The Rockies have already avoided arbitration by signing Ottavino and Lyles and parting ways with McKenry, Axford, Brothers, and Rosario.
Speaking of Wilin Rosario, who is currently an unsigned free agent, here's an article from our friends over at DRaysBay discussing whether Rosario might be a guy worth signing on a minor-leage deal.
Here's a list of five trades solely involving prospects that would benefit both teams. The Rockies appear on this list partnered with Houston Astros in a trade that would send Ryan McMahon and Pedro Gonzalez to Houston in exchange for Alex Bregman and Nolan Fontana. The Rockies do, of course, have Trevor Story and Brendan Rodgers waiting in the wings at the SS position, but one of Story or Bregman could be moved to second, as Rodgers is still a ways from the MLB. The article ignores the possibility of a positional change for McMahon and honestly doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but fun to think about anyways.
A reaction piece and podcast from Rox Pile regarding the Parra trade. Honestly, I didn't listen to the latter, but if it's anything like the former, both are pretty down on the Parra signing. Give it a read/listen, following the links above.
Arenado and McCaffrey have been nominated as Colorado's Professional and Amateur Athletes of the Year for 2015 and will be honored at the 52nd annual Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Banquet on April 19th.