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Colorado Rockies enter 2017 with hope, questions

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News and notes for Friday, December 30, 2016

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Rockies begin, end 2016 with hope for future | Rockies.com

Thomas Harding has a good recap of what went down in 2016, both good and bad, on and off the field. He highlights some of the major developments for the team last season that have people thinking the team’s contention window might be opening in 2017.

Ranking the 10 best lineups in baseball (to this point) | FOX Sports

Another reason many people are optimistic about the Rockies in 2017: one of the best lineups the team has had, perhaps ever. Check out FOX Sports to see where they rank among the top in baseball.

Who’s On First For The 2017 Rockies? | MLB Trade Rumors

All the optimism doesn’t mean we are without questions headed into 2017. There is still an open question whether Ian Desmond will be the one to man first base for the Rockies next season, or if there is another transaction (or transactions) before the team breaks camp at Salt River Fields. Chris Carter? Mark Trumbo? A mystery man behind door number three? MLB Trade Rumors has a roundup (and a poll!).

Who Will Be The 5th Starter in 2017? | Roxpile

One of the most interesting storylines awaiting us in spring training is the battle for the fifth starter spot. Nolan Lees breaks down the contenders for the spot.