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Rockies name Mike Redmond bench coach

The former Marlins manager is the first major addition to Bud Black’s coaching staff

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Mike Redmond, former Marlins manager, named Rockies bench coach | Denver Post

Bud Black has started adding to his coaching staff. When he accepted the job, Black already had three holdovers from Walt Weiss’ staff—third base coach Stu Cole, pitching coach Steve Foster, and bullpen coach Darren Holmes. Redmond managed the Marlins from 2013 into the 2015 season, when he was literally replaced mid season by Marlins GM Dan Jennings. His coaching record since retiring from the majors is short, but bringing in a coach who is a former catcher should prove helpful to the young Rockies catching corps.

Top prospects who face 40-man/Rule 5 decision |

Jonathan Mayo lays out all the players who have made MLB Pipelines’ Top Prospect lists who need to be added to 40-man rosters or risk being taken in the Rule 5. The Rockies have six spots available on their 40-man in order to protect top prospects like Yency Almonte (No. 18 PuRP), Jesus Tinoco (No. 20 PuRP), and Sam Moll (No. 26 PuRP). The Rockies have been active in the Rule 5 Draft in recent years, so don’t be surprised if we see them use those slots to make some additions.

The 2017 Free Agent Bargins | Fangraphs

Dave Cameron goes through his annual exercise to identify the best deals on the free agent market. This year’s class is slim pickings, but Cameron identifies two players that folks around here (and elsewhere) have advocated for the Rockies to target.

The Argument Against Edwin Encarnacion | Fangraphs

Craig Edwards at Fangraphs lays out why, financially, signing EE is a risky endeavour. Of course, if the Rockies could get him for around the same price we got him for in our SBNation Offseason Simulation, it might be more palatable.