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Colorado Rockies news and notes for Thursday, January 12, 2017

Rockies resisting dealing coveted prospects | Rockies.com

Rockies prospects have been a topic of great discussion this month. Yesterday Baseball America released their top 10 Rockies prospects and we’re in the midst of unveiling our preseason PuRPs list. But, as we saw yesterday, everyone is quite interested in what the Rockies should do with their wealth of talent heading into Spring Training next month. But general manager Jeff Bridich seems prefer taking a different tack:

"You have to stay nimble, and you have to be flexible enough to give yourself a chance to improve yourself during the season when problems come up and have solutions to problems. We certainly know that the Trade Deadline will probably be an important time."

Thomas Harding points out in the article that the previous two NL West teams that tried to address all their needs in the offseason ended up faring poorly the following season.

Should the Rockies Again Invest in Cargo? | FanGraphs

It was reported earlier this week that the Rockies were involved in conversations with Carlos González regarding a possible contract extension. While there’s always an argument to be made if the dollars are right, Travis Sawchik lays out why a mutually beneficial deal is likely not in the cards.

The five best MLB extension candidates | Sports on Earth

Now we come to the player the Rockies should unquestionably be seeking to extend. It should come as no surprise that Nolan Arenado ranks highly on this list that includes arbitration eligible players. Arenado is coming off a fifth place NL MVP finish and is set to earn a significant raise in arbitration this offseason. However, according to a recent report, there doesn’t seem to be any movement on a possible extension with Nolan.

Rockies Mailbag: Where does prospect Brendan Rodgers fit in team’s long-term plans? | Denver Post

Finally, Patrick Saunders has his first mailbag of 2017 up, and he answered questions ranging from remaining offseason plans to potential trade deadline acquisitions. He also went to bat (baseball metaphor) for bullpen coach Darren Holmes, one of the few coaches who remains on staff after parting ways with manager Walt Weiss.