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Colorado Rockies news, notes and links for Wednesday, October 18

Free agent Jonathan Lucroy fits with Rockies |

Signing Lucroy should be the biggest offseason priority for the Rockies. His fit with the team after being acquired at the deadline was obvious and his bat rebounded to what everyone was accustomed to during his time with the Brewers. With the Rockies boasting one of the youngest rotations in the majors, having a veteran behind the plate is a good idea, and the disappointing seasons from Tony Wolters and Tom Murphy illuminated the possibility that the Rockies may not have the catching answer in house.

For Lucroy, his struggles with the Rangers and then the enjoyable time with the Rockies may have him doubting that the grass will be greener somewhere else and lead him to re-sign with the Rockies. The Rockies also have the benefit of being a playoff contender to help re-sign their priority free agents as well as sign any new players.

An Early Look At The Cardinals' Search For A Closer | MLB Trade Rumors

While not directly Rockies-related, this deep dive into the available closers this offseason has a couple of Rockies tie-ins. First, Greg Holland appears to be the second-best closer available on the free-agent market. Even if he doesn't re-sign with the Rockies, the size of his contract should be something that Rockies fans are closely following to see where the Rockies compensation pick for him will be in the next draft. Also, the Rockies may themselves be looking for a closer in this market if they don't re-sign Holland and this article is a great starting place for conversations about who the Rockies future closer may be.

Rockies 2017 Review: Young starters, led by Jon Gray, German Marquez, made leap forward in 2017 | Denver Post

The Denver Post reviews the Colorado Rockies rotation and breaks down each of the player's seasons. For a rotation that was mostly rookies and sophomores the more then held up their end of the bargain and were a big part of the Rockies success in 2017. If the young guns can collectively take another step forward in their development next season, the Rockies will continue to be playoff contenders for the foreseeable future.