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Rockies face wealthy competition in reliever market

News, notes and links for Saturday, November 26th.

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Saunders: The pros, cons and reality of Rockies signing Mark Melancon | The Denver Post

With the Rockies looking eager to arrive as a contender in 2017, the front office is faced with rebuilding a bullpen on a thin free agent market. Rumors were stirred during the general managers meetings that the Rockies had mutual interest in Colorado native Mark Melancon, who—behind Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen—will undoubtably be one of the most sought after relievers this offseason. Melancon would be a huge pick up for the Rockies, but what are the odds we see Melancon in purple come spring?

Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post asks that question in a breakdown of what a deal with Melancon would have to look like. Saunders estimates a 3-4 year deal, paying $12-14M annually for Melancon. But with big ticket teams like the Giants and the Dodgers also expressing interest, the Rockies could have to best even heavier offers.

Q&A: Bridich details how he became Rockies' GM |

Get to know more about Jeff Bridich’s path to the Rockies’ general manager position in this week’s Q&A.

Legit to hit: What FA batters have to offer |

The Rockies’ roster already boasts a lot of offensive talent, but with questions remaining—particularly at first base—the team has options yet to consider. Here is a look at what some of the more high-profile free-agent batters have to offer.