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Colorado Rockies finally announce agreement with Alexi Amarista

Colorado Rockies news, notes and links for Wednesday, Jan. 18

Rockies ink versatile Amarista to 1-year deal |

While seemingly old news, the Rockies officially announced yesterday that they have signed Alexi Amarista. While the agreement has been rumored since shortly after Christmas, it appears that neither side was in much of a hurry to get the physical and final agreement in place.

Versatile Desmond ready to rock at first for Colorado |

With everyone still waiting for the other shoe to drop, Ian Desmond is still penciled in as the Rockies opening day first baseman for 2017. While that may still change with Mark Trumbo and Chris Carter on the free-agent market, each day that goes by makes that chance seem increasingly smaller.

For what it’s worth, Desmond is excited about the chance to learn yet another new position and is already putting in the work to make the transition as smooth as possible. Though we are still weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training, Desmond is already at the Rockies facility putting in the work.

One thing to remember is that even if Desmond starts 2017 as the Rockies first baseman, that doesn’t mean that he will play there for the entirety of his contract. The Rockies like the flexibility that he brings that will allow them to remain creative with lineup and roster construction.

2017 Prospect Watch: Top 10 right-handed pitchers | MLB Pipeline

MLB Pipeline started revealing their top prospect lists yesterday. First up was their top 10 right-handed pitchers which surprisingly included only one Rockies prospect. Jeff Hoffman was ranked, however, Riley Pint surprisingly dropped off of their list and didn’t even receive a mention in the top 12.