Thomas Harding of MLB.com spoke yesterday with Rockies’ GM Jeff Bridich who stated that the rumors surrounding Yovani Gallardo were "fairly overblown." Bridich did still mention that conversations were still taking place, but nothing more to this point.
There was a little more excitement among fans this year at Rockies Fest after seeing what Nolan Arenado was capable of during the 2015 season. Not really a surprise to anyone, but it’s clear that Nolan Arenado is the face of the franchise. Some interesting quotes in here from Arenado, especially a few mentioning how he felt after flying to Toronto to see Troy Tulowitzki in the playoffs.
Jorge De La Rosa has dealt with his fair share of injuries during his career, but for the first time in years, he feels 100%. His back doesn’t hurt, there’s no lingering groin injury, no pesky blisters, and most importantly, he has fully healed from his season-ending achilles injury from last year. This is De La Rosa’s final season under contract for the Rockies, so he will need to take advantage of his current health to hopefully land a solid deal heading in 2017.
The Mets have officially signed Yoenis Cespedes to a three-year contract worth $75 million with an opt out after the first season. Obviously this move doesn’t directly impact the Rockies, but it does take another free agent outfielder off the market, and will likely increase demand for one of the Rockies three outfielders on the trade block.