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Colorado Rockies free agency news: Gerardo Parra excited to play at Coors Field

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MLB news and notes for Thursday, January 21, 2016.

Gerardo Parra is looking forward to being part of the Colorado Rockies.
Gerardo Parra is looking forward to being part of the Colorado Rockies.
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Happy Thursday! We are now under four weeks until the first pitcher & catcher workout date at Salt River Fields. I can't even believe we made it this far; just a few days ago, it felt like we had an eternity to go, and now we're practically in the stretch run. The Rockies are starting to gear up ahead of spring training, too:

Parra officially a Rockie, thrilled to play at Coors — MLB.com

Thomas Harding of MLB.com relays a couple quick quotes from a conference call that Gerardo Parra had about his signing with the Rockies becoming official on Tuesday. Parra jokes about hitting some home runs now that the's in Denver, but although that may not happen, he does hit well at Coors Field and against the Rockies. Here's hoping he can do the same for the club over the next few seasons.

Mark Reynolds joins Jacky Wilson on Rock Talk — MLB.com

Here's your first (video) look at Mark Reynolds doing something Rockies-related! He sits down with Jacky Wilson for the typically fun and laid back Rock Talk mini-show.

The strangest games in Rockies history: The conclusion — Rockies Zingers

Adam Peterson of Rockies Zingers looks at some of the final picks for the craziest game in Rockies history, and let me just assure you, the final game listed on this post is quite a doozy. Coincidentally, Peterson talked to me at length for a feature about the Asheville Tourists earlier this week. You should read it.

Celebrate the magic of knuckleballs, eephuses and moundfails with the 10 slowest pitches of 2015 — Cut Four

No Rockies on this list, but this is a fun post. Alfredo Simon. Who knew?!

Gerardo Parra crowds Rockies outfield — Rox Pile

Edward Barry looks at the biggest problem the Rockies have in signing Parra; he crowds an already full outfield, of course. With no trade rumors right now sweeping across the Rockies' media or anything, the outfielder's acquisition doesn't to this point make a whole lot of sense. We'll see what happens in the next month.