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Rockies news, notes and links for Saturday, January 7th.

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Gray not afraid of ghosts, Coors Field | MLB.com

Jon Gray doesn’t shy away from the supernatural. When it isn’t chasing ghosts using Electronic Voice Phenomenon, it’s chasing elite major league batters with paranormal breaking pitches. The big right-hander isn’t afraid of ghosts, and he isn’t afraid of pitching at Coors Field.

In an interview on MLB Network Radio, Gray told Casey Stern he sees the ability to dominate at home as a major weapon in his game. After struggling to find his groove at Coors in his first taste of the big leagues, Gray seems to be finding an approach that suits his fearless nature—just go after it.

Heyman: MLB winter winners and non-winners | FanRag Sports

Ian Desmond makes Jon Heyman’s list of winners from this winter’s MLB transactions. Desmond, 31, signed a five-year, $70M contract with the Rockies in early December, and will reportedly be used primarily at first base.

The Rockies, on the other hand, land among the non-winners. Between the Desmond signing and the addition of reliever Mike Dunn, the Rox will set themselves back $89M. Alexi Amarista gives the team versatility in the field, but shouldn’t be expected to contribute much offensively.

5 teams poised for a turnaround in 2017 | MLB.com

Still, the Rockies—along with the Rays, Angels, D-Backs and Pirates—are not to be counted out in 2017, says MLB.com’s Richard Justice. The Rockies’ young rotation is poised to be the best the team has ever boasted, with superstar help in the field and at the plate from Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez. Not to be overlooked are 2016’s emerging talents: Trevor Story, Tony Wolters, David Dahl and Tom Murphy.