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Rockies news and links for January 2, 2017.

Additions to strong core have Rox optimistic |

Thomas Harding highlights the bright immediate future many Rockies players see. Partly, he says, it’s due to adding Ian Desmond and Mike Dunn, but he also writes that “even if they hadn't signed Desmond and Dunn, they would be in solid shape.” Harding then turns to some big questions about the remainder of the offseason and what else the team might do as the season approaches.

Harding suggests that the Rockies could still be active in the trade and free agent market, specifically identifying Mark Trumbo and the desire to add to the bullpen. He also floats the idea of contract extensions for Carlos González and Nolan Arenado, but Harding also states that Jeff Bridich has not identified this as an offseason priority.

Questions about Arenado’s continuous rise, Bud Black’s role as manager, and the catching situation (which really seems like a settled question) round out the post.

Nolan Arenado’s family played some New Year’s Eve whiffle ball and live-streamed it | Cut4

In case you missed it, Nolan Arenado’s family, including Rockies’ farmhand Josh Fuentes, live-streamed a holiday game of whiffle ball. We’ll have scouting reports on Arenado’s approach from the left side of the plate and his whiffle-specific plate discipline soon.

Starting 2017 with a look back at No. 17 | Rox Pile

Kevin Henry at Rox Pile kicks off the year 2017 with a review of Todd Helton’s career. Two years from now, Helton will see his first run on the Hall of Fame ballot. We’ll probably be talking about that.